Road Safety Park at ECP open to public, kids can get head start on using 'roads'

Or, you can finally use the park while not being a pedestrian.

Nigel Chua | May 03, 2021, 11:47 AM

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The Road Safety Park at East Coast Park, the site where many adult Singaporeans have a grand total of one memory, is apparently open to the public.

While the park may occasionally be booked for school visits, it appears to be open to the public at all other hours, as a Facebook post on May 2 shows.

Photos from the post, taken in the evening, show the park mostly empty.

Still, the familiar landmarks such as a mock-up Shell petrol station are still around.

Photo via Vivien Teo on Facebook.

The post's caption introduced the park as the equivalent of Kidzania for those born in the 80's and 90's, and said it was a "quiet and nice" place where children on training bicycles could practice their cycling.

Road Safety Park originally opened in 1961

The Road Safety Park was originally opened in 1961, to to educate young Singaporeans on road safety by giving them a sense of how to use the road.

The park was set up as the number of motor vehicles and licensed drivers increased in the 1960s, which led to road space in the central business district and nearby suburbs becoming more congested and dangerous.

In 1960, there were 26,869 road accidents, of which 154 were fatal.

In contrast, there were 82 fatal accidents in 2020, according to the Annual Road Traffic Situation 2020 report by the Police.

The Road Safety Park in Kallang eventually closed to make way for the construction of the National Stadium, which started in 1966.

The current Road Safety Park at East Coast opened in January 1981.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image via Guangyang Secondary School NPCC blog.[/caption]

On visits to the park, children would take on different roles as cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, and were taught to observe proper road safety rules and etiquette.

Shell Traffic Games

The Road Safety Park at Kallang was also venue of the Shell Traffic Games.

The games saw teams of children from different schools competing against one another to score the highest points for completing their errands within the park, while observing proper road safety.

Shell Traffic Games 1965. Image via National Archives of Singapore.

Shell Traffic Games. Image via National Archives of Singapore.

The Shell Traffic Games continue to be organised at the Road Safety Park, with a recent edition being held in November 2019.

To increase the number who could participate in the Games, they have also gone online in previous years.

The Road Safety Park is located at 910 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449889, near carpark B2.

Screenshot via Google Maps street view.

Top image via Amrin Amin and Vivien Teo on Facebook