HDB Thematic Playgrounds: New Generation of Heartland Play Spots

HDB Thematic Playgrounds: New Generation of Heartland Play Spots
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Children can look forward to a new generation of thematic playgrounds at new Housing & Development Board (HDB) projects.

Playgrounds are an integral part of every housing estate. In the past, unique HDB playgrounds, such as the dragon playgrounds from the 1970s and 1980s, have provided unique play spots for children and continue to hold dear in the memory of many Singaporeans.

Now, HDB is embarking on a new generation of thematic playgrounds to encourage imaginative play in children. These new HDB thematic playgrounds will be based on three key principles – helping to build a stronger town identity, enhancing the play experience for kids and fostering closer bonds within the community.

Designs of the new HDB thematic playgrounds will take into account each town’s character and distinct features. They could reflect the location’s history, site context or theme.

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The playground equipment will aim to support an array of activities such as climbing, swinging and balancing to instil confidence and resilience in children.

As community gathering spots, playgrounds will also be designed to encourage interaction. Features supporting this include storyboards to act as conversation starters.

HDB Thematic Playgrounds

Currently, six HDB thematic playgrounds have been completed.

Tank Playground at Kim Keat Quad

Two army-themed playgrounds can be found at Keat Hong, one at Block 817B Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 and the other at Block 815C Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7. These pay homage to the military camps formerly located in the vicinity.

Sengkang Sunken Ship Playground

At Sengkang, which means ‘prosperous harbour’, there is a sunken ship playground at Block 286C Compassvale Crescent.

Grasshopper playground at Woodlands - HDB Thematic Playground

Woodlands, which in the past was a heavily-wooded area, has a grasshopper and ant playground at Block 573B Woodlands Drive.

Double-decker ship playground in Canberra

A double-decker ship playground beckons at Block 121B Canberra Street. This is a nod to Sembawang’s heritage as a naval base.

Toa Payoh Crest Playground

An undulating playground at Toa Payoh Crest, Block 131 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh references Toa Payoh’s name in Hokkien, which means “big swamp”.

Playgrounds in Dawson, Bukit Panjang and Clementi

Nine more HDB thematic playgrounds are set to be unveiled by 2021. These will be located at Bukit Panjang, Dawson and Clementi.

Wonderland Playground at Dawson Vista
Source: HDB

Five of these new HDB thematic playgrounds will be located in the Dawson estate. These include a Wonderland Playground at Dawson Vista, inspired by the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, a spider-themed playground at SkyParc @ Dawson and a Giant Green Net playground at Forfar Heights.

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