Coney Island to open on Oct. 10, NParks looking for volunteers to conduct guided walks

It is finally opening.

Belmont Lay| September 03, 11:38 PM

According to the National Parks Board, Coney Island will open to the public on Oct. 10 at 10am.

Also known as Pulau Serangoon, the 45-hectare island is located a mere 100 metres away from the north-eastern coast of mainland Singapore.

The island which is part of Punggol New Town — otherwise known as “Waterfront Town” — can be accessed by foot via link bridges from either Punggol or Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park.

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NParks is looking for volunteers to conduct guided walks and other activities like birdwatching on the day of opening, and over the year-end school holidays.

The agency will be holding training sessions for volunteers where they will learn about the flora and fauna on the island that is also known as a stop for migratory birds.

According to this unverified Facebook post in late June this year, Coney Island was previously rumoured to be ready for public access by July 2015.

In a news report in 2014, the Urban Redevelopment Authority said that under the Master Plan, a part of Coney Island is zoned for residential, sport and recreational use.

However, parts of the island has been zoned for interim park use as the land is not immediately required for development.

Tender documents stated that Coney Island will have infrastructure such as a bird watching station, walkways and solar street lights.

The public can possibly look forward to cycling and boating activities.

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Coney Island was previously owned by the Aw brothers of Haw Par Villa fame.

Various entrepreneurs bought and sold the island in the 1950s as they wanted to develop it into Singapore’s version of Coney Island.

Apparently, nothing materialised and only the name stuck.

Those who would like to volunteer may contact NParks at [email protected]

 

Top photo via Sylvia Yong Facebook

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