The name of both the town and planning area, Pasir Ris is situated on the northern coast of Singapore’s East Region. As well as its coastline, the area also has the Serangoon River which forms its western boundary (with Punggol). Changi lies to the east, Sengkang to its southwest while Paya Lebar and Tampines are both on its southern border. Pasir Ris is a little over 15 square kilometres in area, and currently is home to approximately 140,000 residents.
Though there is a school of thought that the town somehow derives its name from the Malay word for bolt rope – ris, accepted wisdom (understandably) is that it comes from the Malay phrase white sands, a feature of that stretch of the coastline.