Dover playground is one of the few sand-based playgrounds left in Singapore. Situated opposite Block 35 of Dover Road, it is built in the eighties. It consists of three structures in shapes of animals, which are the Pelican, the Rabbit and the Tortoise.
These animal-themed playgrounds should not look too unfamiliar to many Singaporeans as they were once found in many parts of Singapore. But unfortunately, the local playground design was stopped in 1993 because of a number of accidents due to safety flaws.
Singaporeans born in the late sixties t0 early eighties would have spend at least part of their childhoods in these types of playgrounds.
Children can climb through a hole to make it to the top of the Pelican’s beak.
The swings have been removed some years ago, some tiles have chipped off and the whole area looks severely under-maintained, covered with algae and fallen leaves.
The little Dover Estate consists of eleven blocks of flats, from Block 29 to Block 39. All the blocks were selected for en-bloc in 2004, and by the end of 2010, almost all the units were vacated.
The flats at Dover Road are made up of three- and four-roomed units except Block 39, which is a point block of five-roomed units.
Being very near to Portsdown, the area of Dover was formerly a British military and residential area. Its name means “The Waters” and refers to the English Channel.
Before its closure, it was a busy neighbourhood with a popular hawker center and wet market at Block 33.
The whole estate, together with the nostalgic playground, is due to be demolished probably by the end of 2011.
Published: 22 October 2010
Updated: 11 November 2011