History & Origins
Marine Parade is a URA planning area and subzone in the central region of Singapore, bordered by Geylang, Kallang, Bedok, Marina East and Singapore Straits. Like the district of Katong, Marine Parade's early history is associated with being a haven for the wealthy Peranakan community. Interestingly, Marine Parade is built entirely on reclaimed land in the 1970s. It is also one of Singapore's most expensive HDB towns, given the exclusive sea views reserved for those staying on higher floors of developments in the area.
Marine Parade comprises of 58 blocks (housing 21,690 residents) of HDB flats divided into two sections on either side of Still Road South. Like Katong, Marine Parade typically has more private housing residents (27,040) due to the numerous private developments in the area, which include Serenity Breeze, The Sovereign, Cote D'Azur, Silversea, Residence Twenty-Two, The Seawind and Siglap V. There are also 27 new projects in various states of development planned for Marine Parade, some of these include Amber Park, Amber45, Nyon and Seaside Residences.
Transportation & Connectivity
Currently, there are 2 MRT Stations that serve the residents of Marine Parade - Mountbatten (CC7) and Dakota (CC8). However, there are plans to build 4 future MRT stations in Marine Parade - Katong Park (TE24), Tanjong Katong (TE25), Marine Parade (TE26) and Marine Terrace (TE27). Major roads through the area are Still Road (which connects to both ECP & PIE), Mountbatten Road, Tanjong Katong Road, East Coast Road, Marine Parade Road, Haig Road and Amber Road. Numerous bus routes also service the residents of Marine Parade, these include 10, 16, 30, 30e, 31, 32, 33, 40, 43, 134, 135, 158, 158A, 197, 401, 566 & 853C.
Marine Parade residents can choose from 4 Primary Schools (Ngee Ann Primary School, CHIJ (Katong) Primary School, Tanjong Katong Primary School, Tao Nan School), 8 Secondary Schools (Dunman High School, Broadrick Secondary School, Tanjong Katong Girls' School, Tanjong Katong Secondary School, Saint Patrick’s School, CHIJ Katong Convent (Secondary), Chung Cheng High School (Main), Victoria School), 2 International Schools (EtonHouse International School (Katong) and Canadian International School) and 1 tertiary institution (Victoria Junior College).
Marine Parade residents have only Parkway Parade in their district officially, but can choose to do their shopping at 4 other malls, namely Katong Shopping Centre, Katong V, Katong Square & I12 Katong. Inspired by Katong's Peranakan heritage, Katong V is one of the newer malls in the area. It is a blend of F&B concepts, retail shops, educational centres, lifestyle stores and a supermarket. Parkway Parade serves residents in the area with 8 levels of F&B options, lifestyle stores, childcare services, medical services, hypermarkets and a cineplex spread over 52,555 square meters.
Marine Parade residents have direct access to East Coast Park, Singapore's largest and most popular park. Spread across a land area of 185 hectares with a coastline that stretches over 15 km, East Coast Park attracts over 7 million visitors a year. There are numerous restaurants, hawker stalls and even BBQ bits available for residents to indulge in. Those who are not into food can engage in some more physical activities such as futsal, cable skiing and even mini-golf. Within 1km of East Coast Park are two major attractions for residents to explore - Singapore Sports Hub and Gardens By The Bay (East).
URA Master Plan
Based on highlights from URA's Draft Master Plan 2019, the new MRT stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), within Marine Parade, will be completed by 2023. On top of this, improvement works will be carried out at East Coast Park, including a new Cyclist Park and vertical playground with a lookout tower (at the former Big Splash site).
Did You know?
- Marine Parade is home to Joseph Schooling, Singapore's first Olympic gold medalist
- On top of the famous 328 Katong Laksa, Bee Bee Carrot Cake (which is Schooling's favorite) is also a hit with residents
- Check out the octopus sculpture at 80 Marine Parade Central, Singapore 440080, next to a coffee shop affectionately called “the octopus coffee shop” by local residents