Located between Toa Payoh HDB Hub and the Pan Island Expressway, Toa Payoh Town Park is a throwback to the 1970s and 1980s. It was originally completed back in the 1972 when it opened as the Toa Payoh Town Garden. Today, it still serves to provide a dose of nostalgia and a green space at the edge of Toa Payoh estate.
A Charm of Its Own
Walking into the Toa Payoh Town Park, you will discover a charm unlike those found in most modern parks.
One of its most striking features are its ponds. Characterful bridges, with a hexagonal motif criss-cross the waters of the Toa Payoh Town Park ponds.
You can walk across them, hoping from islet to islet and imagine you are a world away from the nearby housing estate.
The landscape of mature trees also play a role in helping to transport you to another place and time. This landscape was one of the reasons why the park was a popular location for couples to take wedding pictures in the 1970s and 1980s.
The ponds also help to support Toa Payoh Town Park’s biodiversity which includes dragonflies and damselflies. In 2014, there are 20 species of these insects found in the park.
The park is also home to trumpet trees, the local equivalent of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. When in season, around September or so, the pink flowers of the trumpet trees at Toa Payoh Town Park fall, leaving a carpet of flowers on the ground.
Another famous landmark at Toa Payoh Town Park is the observation tower. This was from a time when observation towers were a feature in parks, such as Marsiling Park’s tower.
Standing 27-metres tall, the Toa Payoh Town Park Observation Tower used to be scalable. At the top were panoramic views of the surrounding area. At the foot of the tower is a fountain pool.
Today, access to the tower is restricted. The landmark was also accorded conversation status in 2009 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Nowadays, Toa Payoh Town Park is a less well visited park. It still provides a dose of solace for those seeking to explore some place different and to head back in time, at least for a while.
Toa Payoh Town Park
Where: Along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh