Safety netting was put up along parts of Changi Jurassic Mile on Saturday night (24 Oct) as an added safety measure following a recent incident involving a woman who was struck in the head by a stray golf ball along the cycling and jogging pathway.
An image of the netting being erected was uploaded on ROAG.sg Facebook page earlier this morning (26 Oct).
Responding to TOC’s query, a spokesperson from Changi Airport Group (CAG) said that the “netting was put up along parts of the Jurassic Mile on Saturday night as an added safety measure”.
Last Thursday (22 Oct), a netizen, who goes by the name Derek Yap, highlighted in a Facebook post that his family helper was hit in the head by a flying golf ball from Tanah Merah Country Club while walking on the jogging and cycling path at Changi Jurassic Mile.
Mr Yap shared in his post that he took his family and helper to visit the newly-built attraction, and everything was going well until they walked pass the two Parasaurolophus exhibit (Zone J).
“A loud thud was heard before I turn around and see my helper dropping on her knees onto the floor. She held her head and started crying. That was when we realised she was hit but a golf ball from Tanah Merah Country Club,” he wrote.
Mr Yap added that the golf course is located right next to the exhibit that they visited – along the entire Changi Jurassic Mile.
For those who are unaware, the 3.5-km attraction, which opened its door to the public on 11 October this year, displays over 20 dinosaur models for public viewing, and connects Changi Airport and East Coast Park.
Following the incident, Mr Yap revealed that a Certis Cisco security staff immediately informed her supervisor, and an airport ambulance was then activated to take the injured woman to the hospital.
Thankfully, his helper only suffered bruises, and was asked to be monitored at home.
“The doctor did all the necessary checks and confirmed it is a head injury with bruising but advised that we monitor at home since we might need to stay for hours in the hospital if admitted. Thankfully my helper is fine so far,” Mr Yap explained.
He added that a CAG Arrival Experience manager was also present, and told him that they had “brought up” the possibility of golf balls hitting visitors when building the pathway. However, the “upper management” from the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden assured them that the golf balls will not hit anyone at the attraction due to “wind direction”.
As such, they initially decided against building a safety netting around the attraction to protect the public.
Mr Yap continued, “We were also told that this is the first case that has happened. They have already put this up but will be up for discussion if they need to put anything in place.
“I am sharing this so that people are aware, I can’t imagine how it will turn out if the golf ball were to hit my kids or any other children or elderly who will be there every single day.”