The East Coast Park swimming lagoon and the Marine Parade public housing estate

The East Coast Park is a coastal park located at the eastern end of Singapore that stretches from Tanjong Rhu to Bedok. The first phase of the park’s development began in 1972 in tandem with the land reclamation works along the coastline. In 1974, the government announced plans to develop the East Coast Park into a beach resort complete with holiday chalets, sports, recreational and dining facilities. In 1976, a swimming lagoon the size of 40 Olympic-sized pools that could accommodate up to 6,000 people was completed at the park. The East Coast Park is now a popular coastal park with a wide range of sports, recreational and dining facilities.Marine Parade was initially a seaside promenade in the Katong area along the East Coast that stretched from what is now the Parkway Parade Shopping Centre to Martia Road. In 1966, land reclamation works were started around Marine Parade as part of the larger reclamation project planned for the East Coast. The government subsequently announced, in mid 1971, plans to build a public housing estate on the reclaimed land in the Marine Parade area. The first batch of 6,000 Housing and Development Board flats at Marine Parade were completed by 1973, while the second batch of flats located along Marine Drive was completed by 1975. The estate was fully functional by the late 1970s with the completion of communal facilities such as hawker centres, schools, a post office and a library.