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(c. 2015. Image from ghettosingapore.com)

Located at Toa Payoh Lorong 6 and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, the two dragon playgrounds are popular playtime icons that contribute to the unique identity of their estates, and feature prominently in the minds of past and present residents.

Through the years, HDB has designed other distinctive playgrounds, such as the fruit-themed playground in Tampines Central Park and the recent military-themed playgrounds in Choa Chu Kang, which were inspired by the former Keat Hong Camp, and the ‘Ship Discovery’ playground at Compassvale Cape, which was inspired by Sengkang Town’s history as an old fishing village.

In Sembawang, HDB has gone a step further to foster a sense of ownership by introducing the Build A Playground programme, which involved residents in the design and building of their neighbourhood playground.