Tiong Bahru Park Adventure Playground, Singapore

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I’ve talked before on the blog about how a risky narrative can be used to provide a ‘feeling’ of danger on a playground that is still quite safe,  a device used very effectively in Monstrum’s imaginative playscapes of desert islands, shipwrecks, and giant robots.

Another example is the ’tilted train’ at Tiong Bahru Park in Singapore.   Stripped down to essentials, its components are rather standard playground ‘boxes’ with slides and climbing ramps extending from them, and the train is of course almost a playground cliche.   But wrecking the train makes for an exciting play narrative and a more physically challenging play experience!  Tilted surfaces are a fabulous technique for adding challenge and interest to any playground design…another way in which playgrounds-should-not-be-flat.

I love that this playground also includes a zipline/flying fox that runs between two low hills, and a simple maze, and that they retained a vintage merry-go-round, and that the whole thing is set in SAND, not plastic safety surfacing!   Hooray, Singapore!  They’re doing some great playground work there; I’ll be featuring more shortly.

[I didn’t find details on the date or designer of the tilted train…if you know please share!  Images by daddy blogger/photographer Isaiah Kuan.]


3 Responses to “Tiong Bahru Park Adventure Playground, Singapore”

  1. john seddon said:

    You asked about the designer. That’s me! About 2000.

    You may be interested know that the merry-go round was designed and built to be powered by a bicycle pedaling mechanism — 4 of them arranged around the centre. It worked well, even one four–year old could pedal the thing around by himself. NParks couldn’t maintain it though, and I see it’s been removed. There was also a ‘helicopter rotor’ mounted above that turned in the opposite direction of the pedal power, giving the impression of greater speed. The gearing was all visible so people could see the mechanical connections working. Too complicated, I guess.

    July 10, 2015 at 5:03 am

  2. Paige Johnson said:

    I noticed that! But I’m from Oklahoma, and a ranching family, so I thought maybe it was just me. :-) It’s a nice simple device, though, especially for higher energy kids that just want to run through.

    April 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

  3. Kristian said:

    The maze looks like a cattle shoot. Wonder if it was intentional.

    April 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

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