The Old Dove playground is one of the few nostalgic playgrounds left in Singapore which is tucked snugly amid Dakota Crescent’s HDB blocks. As time passed, it is it is still well-preserved with rubber tyre swings and a slide sitting on a sand pit.
This old playground is designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee in 1979, the same man who designed the other iconic playgrounds in Singapore such as the well-loved Dragon playground in Toa Payoh.
With the old playground’s distinctive faded blue mosiac appearance and its structure, it was considered one of the larger playground in its glory days. With two structures connected by a bridge, it also consists of slides (a winding side and two slides), bridge, fireman’s pole, even rubber tyre swings set in a sandbox.
The concrete dove is linked by a metal bridge to a pyramidal structure fitted with rubber tyres as swings underneath.
Sadly, as with other Singapore’s heritage sites, it seems that this Dakota old playground is going to make way for estate renewal and modernisation by end of 2016.
Ever since the blocks were constructed in the late 1950s, most residents have staying here and HDB has declared that residents must move out by end December 2016 to pave the way for redevelopment. The fate of this old playground remains uncertain.
Will the Dove playground follow the example of Toa Payoh’s Dragon to be conserved amidst the estate’s redevelopment?
How to Get To Dove Playground at Dakota Crescent
Location: In front of Blk 10 Dakota Crescent Singapore 390010
By Bus: 10, 16, 30, 30e, 31, 32 and 33
Parking: Behind Blk 10 Dakota Crescent Singapore 390010
Nearest MRT: Mountbatten
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