Today, Kent Ridge Park is such a peaceful spot that it is easy to forget that it was once the scene of fierce fighting during the closing days of the Battle of Singapore. It was deliberately preserved as a nature spot in homage to the events that took place on the ridge.
Looking beyond its historical significance, the park is a beautiful green corridor and a part of the Southern Ridges walk. It is rarely crowded and quiet to the extent of almost being introspective.
Formerly known as Pasir Panjang Ridge, it was renamed Kent Ridge Park in 1954 to commemorate the visit of the Duchess of Kent and her son, the Duke of Kent, in 1952 to inspect the military facilities there.
Instead of military buildings, here is what you can see and do at the tranquil Kent Ridge Park.
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Walk along the Ridge
At the top of Kent Ridge Park is a paved walk under beautiful trees. From here, you can head up to the lookout point to view the coastline.
From its high vantage point, it is clear to see why the location was of strategic importance back in World War 2.
At the eastern end of the park, a 280-metre-long boardwalk connects Kent Ridge Park to Pepys Road where you can trek on to HortPark, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber as part of the Southern Ridges Walk.
Along Canopy Walk, you can take in a commanding view of the Alexandra area and HortPark below.
Reflections at Bukit Chandu
The Reflections at Bukit Chandu World War 2 interpretive centre is located at the Pepys Road end of Canopy Walk. It provides insights to those who wish to learn more about the area’s history and the heroic actions of the Malay Regiment that defended the hill. The centre can also reached by car via Pepys Road.
[Editor’s note: Reflections at Bukit Chandu is currently closed for renovations.]
Just off Kent Ridge Park’s Carpark A is a Nature Walk that takes you on a trail through the secondary forest. It is advised to be properly attired and to have bug repellant handy if you are intending to embark on this nature walk.
Mountain Biking Trail
Close to the Nature Walk is a mountain biking trail. It is designed for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers and makes a loop around the forest at Kent Ridge.
Kent Ridge Park has two natural ponds. They are tucked away at the northeastern end of the park close to Science Park Drive. The ponds are home to a population of dragonflies and has a section designated for fishing.
Close to Carpark B, there are a series of exercise stations along a terrace at Kent Ridge Park.
Hidden at the southern end of Kent Ridge Park is a children’s playground. The Vista Park Open Space is at the base of a long flight of stairs leading down from the top of the ridge. This also means that it is a long way back up. The playground has simple play equipment and swings and is connected to Springwood Height road.
Kent Ridge Park
Where: Vigilante Drive, off South Buona Vista Road