The dragon-shaped sand-based playground used to be a popular design for playgrounds in Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh.
After 1993, they were phased out due to safety concerns and it is believed that this Dragon Playground of Toa Payoh (located at Blk 28 Toa Payoh Lorong 6) is the only one of its kinds (sand-based) left in Singapore (The other two are laid with rubber mats).
The dragon playground was designed in 1979 by Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) in-house designer Khor Ean Ghee (born 1935), who got his inspiration from the Oriental dragon commonly seen among the Chinese community in Singapore.
Beside the majestic dragon, there are two little plastic rides in the shapes of a seahorse and a pony for children to sit on.
The long body of the dragon is made of steel rails which form a passage for kids to get to the dragon head.
Using the slide, kids can descend from the dragon head to the sandy ground.
Not far away at Blk 240 of Toa Payoh Lorong 1, there is another similarly designed playground (a smaller dragon) but its sandy ground is replaced by rubber mats.
The third dragon playground (its sandy ground is also replaced by rubber mats) is found along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.
The fourth dragon, sand-based but a much simpler one and nowhere as majestic as the three mentioned above, is located at Circuit Road.
Published: 25 October 2010
Updated: 06 January 2012