Most of you may have heard of the vintage Dragon Playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 1. Do you know that there is actual another full-sized Dragon playground in Ang Mo Kio AMK?
The Dragon Playground in Ang Mo Kio is one of the last few remaining heritage playgrounds from the 1980s. The dragon head is decorated with terrazzo tiles, the ‘spine’ of the dragon is made from steel rails, slides and metal ladders. The mosaic slides make it easier for kids to slide down, unlike some metal and concrete ones. This is also the only Dragon playground with a mosaic slide.
Unlike the Toa Payoh Lorong 6 outdoor playground, this playground has been replaced with soft rubber padding which is supposedly safer for kids. However, we still prefer the sand-pit base playground, probably it feels more nostalgic.
There are 3 metals ladders for the kids to climb. One is located at the dragon’s head. The other two are in the middle of the yellow steel ribs. Kids can climb up here to the dragon’s ‘spine’ and peek through the eyes of the dragon to look for their friends or parents below.
Note: The gaps can be quite wide for younger kids so do exercise care if your child is still young.
You will also find many scribbles on the walls below the head. Some of the writings can be quite interesting to read.
Right beside this playground is a modern playground in front of Blk 570. However, it is obvious which is the kids’ preferred choice.
How to Get To Dragon Playground at Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Location: Beside Blk 571 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Singapore 560570
By Bus: 25, 73, 74, 74e, 76, 88, 132, 165, 261, 268, CT8
Parking: Behind Blk 571 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Singapore 560571
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio
While the iconic Toa Payoh Dragon Playground has escaped demolition, the fate for the rest of the heritage playgrounds remains unknown.