Changi Jurassic Mile (Singapore Attraction)
Changi Jurassic Mile is a cycling and jogging path in Singapore that features over 20 large-scaled models of prehistoric creatures across several different species. It is a part of the 3.5-kilometre path that connects Changi Airport to East Coast Park.
According to a report by The Straits Times, the Changi Jurassic Mile took about three years to complete. The project was supported by the government statutory boards, National Parks (NParks) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Conceptualisation & execution
Changi Jurassic Mile's dinosaur models were reportedly designed and made by a Singaporean company. Speaking at the opening ceremony in October 2020, Changi Airport Group's (CAG) Managing Director of airport and operations management, Jayson Goh said:
"The new experiential elements injected along the Changi Jurassic Mile will offer all who visit a sense of adventure and surprise. With the Changi Airport connector, we hope to give visitors a different experience of the airport."
The park connector is also intended as an alternative route for Changi Airport staff who live in the eastern part of Singapore. Although certain stretches of the park connector were reportedly completed by July 2020, the connector was not entirely ready for public use until a few months later.
Changi Jurassic Mile was officially opened to the public on 11 October 2020. Singapore’s transport minister, Ong Ye Kung officiated the launch and documented his experience on his social media platforms. He stated the following in a Facebook post:
“Our cycling journey to the Jurassic Mile started from Bedok this morning. We meandered through cycling paths in the housing estates, down East Coast Parkway, before reaching Changi Airport... This is a labour of love by the Changi Airport team. The Airport is down, but the spirit roars!”
Though some netizens commend the innovation, others have also raised the concern that the path along the fenced dinosaur exhibits is too narrow for both cyclists and pedestrians to share.
Attractions & facilities
The prehistoric creatures are permanent outdoor exhibits located at along a 1-kilometre stretch of the park connector. The tallest among the models is approximately five metres in height while the longest exhibit spans 17 metres. The following are the types of creatures on exhibit.
- Ankylosaurus: A quadrupedal herbivore that had defensive armoured plating and spikes on its body.
- Apatosaurus: A large, quadrupedal herbivore that had a long neck and small head.
- Brachiosaurus: A large, quadrupedal herbivore that had long front limbs and a long neck.
- Brontosaurus: A large, quadrupedal herbivore that had a long neck and a small head.
- Parasaurolophus: A herbivorous biped/quadruped with a large cranial crest.
- Stegosaurus: A quadrupedal herbivore that had upright plates along its spine and a spiked tail.
- Triceratops: A quadrupedal herbivore that had three distinct horns.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex: A large, bipedal carnivore that was most likely an apex predator and scavenging species.
- Velociraptor: A mid-sized, bipedal carnivore that had large, distinct hind-claws.
The Changi Jurassic Mile also features education panels that present information about each type of dinosaur on exhibit.
HUB&SPOKE is a pit-stop facility that offers a range of services from bicycle rental at the GoCycling outlet to a dining option at the HUB&SPOKE café. According to a report by The New Paper, the HUB&SPOKE café also employs Changi Airport staff.
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