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Old 17th October 2020, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Run Report: Changi Airport Connector - ECP to Jurassic Mile & Changi Airport

The new Changi Airport Connector opened on October 11 this year. This 3.5km route connects East Coast Park to Changi Airport, making the airport terminals directly accessible to pedestrians and cyclists for the first time. As East Coast Park goes all the way to the city and beyond, it is now possible to go on bike or foot all the way from Changi Airport to Marina Bay and other central attractions in Singapore. Getting from the Airport to Marina Bay would be a total distance of 20+ km -- quite feasible on a bicycle, and even on foot, if you have the time (and endurance)!

While we had news of the upcoming connector on SQTalk as early as August this year, the news that there was were also going to be a section with dinosaurs probably came as a surprise to many!



I live in the East of Singapore, and spend a lot of time at East Coast Park. It is a wonderful place to exercise or simply stroll along the beach. The beach and views there are always a refreshing change from the urban sprawl of much of Singapore. There have always been park connectors that will allow you to get all the way to Changi Beach Park and Changi Village from ECP, but until now there was no way to actually get to the Changi Airport passenger terminals themselves.

Now that the Changi Park Connector is open, I can see myself running to the airport (a distance of about 12km from where I live, close to the East Coast Lagoon) on a regular basis, and I suspect many cyclists will also find this to be a very pleasant route to cycle on, even if the Jurassic Mile stretch can be quite congested at times.

A lot of the buzz about the airport connector is around the Jurassic Mile: a stretch done up Jurassic Park style, with dinosaurs along a one mile stretch (Or is it more like 1km?). This certainly makes it quite unique among Park Connectors in Singapore. That said, that is just a short 1km segment of the route. The Jurassic Mile is right next to T4. However since T4 is currently closed, it is about a 1.5km-2km distance from T2 to get to the Jurassic Mile.



The other option to get to the Jurassic Mile is to head to it from East Coast Park, starting from any convenient point along the ECP.

Last Wednesday evening, I did just that: I did a run, starting at the Lagoon View Bus Stop along Marine Parade Road, using the ECP expressway underpass to head to the East Coast Lagoon and Food Village, then headed along the ECP and Park Connector to the Jurassic Mile, ending my run at Hub & Spoke at T2.

My 11km route that day is shown below...



A very enjoyable run, with nice views all along the route, and a convenient end point at Hub & Spoke, right next to Terminal 2.

Details of the run coming up!

To skip straight to the Changi Jurassic Mile, click here.

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Old 17th October 2020, 11:17 PM   #2
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I began my run along the path close to the East Coast Lagoon...



When the lagoon first opened in 1976, it was a swimming lagoon, but this is now a Cable Ski facility....



...where water-skiers are not pulled along by boats but by a mechanical system of cables...



On the Eastern side of the lagoon is the East Coast Lagoon Food Village.



This is a very popular hawker centre that is busiest in the evenings, and on weekends. In fact, it even attracts a decent weekday lunchtime crowd.



Note that this food centre will be closed from 2 November 2020 to 1st February 2021 for renovations.



I continued along the path towards the east...



There is a bike rental shop just after the food centre...



These days, this section of the coastline seems to be quite popular with Kite-surfers / Kite-boarders...



There is also a Skate Park here for those who prefer their thrils on dry land...


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Old 17th October 2020, 11:31 PM   #3
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At the 2km mark, I headed past Bedok Jetty...



As I had a long way to run, I didn't head up to the end of the jetty this time, and instead continued my run along the coastal footpath...



Stone benches along the beach to enjoy the sea views...



A restaurant, Central Thai, At the 2.5km mark on the route...



I've always found this section of the park to be very scenic and breezy...



...and a little less busy that the stretch of East Coast Park closer to the city.



There are restrooms at regular intervals at ECP. The last public restroom facilities on the route to the Airport are at the 4.5km mark, close to the National Sailing Centre...



I continued past the National Sailing Centre...



...crossing a large water body, which I believe is Sungei Bedok (Bedok River)...

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From the 5km mark onwards, the track and park are both fairly quiet and peaceful, with many tall trees, although I found this stretch busier now than before, with many more cyclists and even runners also heading to / from the Jurassic Mile...



I passed NSRCC at the 6km mark...



..before crossing another canal/waterway...



...to the NSRCC Sea Sports Centre, which is open to the public...


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At this point, the 6.5km mark on the route, after the Sea Sports Center, and passing the MOE Changi Coast Adventure Centre, I reached signage that pointed towards the new attraction, Changi Jurassic Mile...



At this point, you could either turn right and head on the Coastal Park Connector to Tanah Merah Coast Road, towards Changi Beach / Changi Village...



...or continue straight on to the Changi Jurassic Mile...



I opted to continue straight towards Changi Jurassic Mile...



Just before the 7km mark, there is a a major traffic junction...



Cross the street (When the green man is on!), and make a left turn...



If in doubt, just follow the signs on the wooden posts...the route to the Jurassic Mile is very well signposted!
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Old 17th October 2020, 11:57 PM   #6
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From the 7km mark there is a short connecting stretch skirting the airport perimeter around Runway 02C...



...where the occasional aircraft could be seen taking off...



...before a split and right turn just before the 8km mark toward the Jurassic Mile itself...



...and then you are at the Jurassic Mile itself!



After running 8km I was quite pleased to get to the start of this new attraction!

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