Old School Animal Playground At Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park: Horse, Duck and Anteater

Old School Animal Playground At Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park

In the past, playgrounds simply served as platforms for children to make up their own fun and games. This is typified by the old school animal playground found at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park which features horse, duck and anteater sculptures.

Old School Animal Playground

Old school animal sculptures at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 ParkNot as well known or documented as other heritage playgrounds such as the celebrated mosaic dragon playgrounds, old school animal playgrounds were more once prevalent in neighbourhoods around Singapore during the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, the old school animals at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 are the only precious remaining examples of this type of structures that we are aware of in Singapore.

While some modern playgrounds claim the title of being play sculptures, these old school animals WERE the original play sculptures.

Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park Animal SculpturesAt Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park, there are eight of these concrete play sculptures in total – two red horses, two blue anteaters and three green ducks. The octet is completed by a red structure with twisting vines creating a hollow trunk.

The Animal Playground at Toa Payoh is located next to the modern children's playgroundThey can be found beside a modern children’s playground with swings and slides.

Horses, Ducks and Anteaters

Horses at the Toa Payoh Lorong 7 ParkOld school horse play sculpturesThe two weathered horses have manes running down their necks. Three footholds on the left side allow kids to climb and saddle-up on them.

AnteaterThe blue anteater has a unique design. Standing on four legs, the short sculpture has a flattened top that runs from its snout to its tail.

Blue anteater play sculptureLooked at from the top, it almost appears to have a leaf-like form. Two round eyes peer out from underneath.

Ducks play sculpture, Toa Payoh Lorong 7The trio of ducks are unmistakable in form. These low play structures let young kids straddle on them and pretend to be sailing down a river.

These old school animal play structures are simple in their design. In fact, their simplicity reflects an authentic style.

They provided fun for generations of children who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s. Fuelled by imagination, they were more than sufficient for kids to gather around and play on.

A Heritage of Play

Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park Animal SculpturesSometimes, the best heritage exhibits need not be viewed in a museum. In this case, they can be found standing quietly in a park.

As much as the other old school playgrounds, we hope that this old-school animal playground at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Park also gets the recognition and care it deserves.

READ: Dinosaur Statue Playground at Kim Keat Ville

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