Iconic "dragon" playground in Toa Payoh to remain due to cultural heritage
- POSTED: 05 Jan 2014 22:54
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The iconic "dragon" playground at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh will stay put - as one of the less than 20 surviving playgrounds of yesteryear.
SINGAPORE: The iconic "dragon" playground at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh will stay put - as one of the less than 20 surviving playgrounds of yesteryear.
This is one of four playgrounds in Singapore featuring the vintage "dragon head" design.
The other dragon playgrounds can be found in Ang Mo Kio, Braddell and MacPherson.
It was built in 1979, when local designers experimented with designs to convey the Singapore identity.
By 1993, the HDB started to import play-sets from overseas, and most of the playgrounds found today are plastic play-sets with rubber mats - similar to those in most developed countries.
Concerns about saving the dragon playground arose after it was announced that neighbouring Block 28 would be torn down for redevelopment.
The block has now been barricaded, and works should complete by mid-2014.
Real estate analysts said it would be an ongoing challenge for the authorities to ensure that newer developments are compatible with older ones.
Donald Han, managing director of Chesterton Singapore, said: "It's interesting to note that while HDB is looking into developing their SERS, intensifying use, urban renewal, at the same time they're keeping check on heritage to make sure that some of the interesting heritage nodes are for future generations to enjoy."