Families flocked to Marine Cove at East Coast Park in droves while children thronged its newly opened playground.
Outfitted with an array of inclusive play elements, the nautical- themed play area caters to children of different ages and diverse abilities, making it a draw for many kids.
The result was lines of tots queuing for play equipment and jams along rope bridges.
If you fancy a less crowded playground for your young ones, here are five of the more interesting public ones across the island, that have more than just simple swings and slides.
The Straits Times speaks to local playground specialists – who supply, install and sometimes design play equipment – about the design considerations behind these neighbourhood landmarks.
These specialists import a majority of their equipment from the United States and Europe, often mixing and matching equipment to fit their clients’ budgets and concepts.
They also sometimes custom-build play equipment for more creative projects.
NParks was unable to respond to queries about the cost of playgrounds by press time.
All playgrounds here must comply with local safety guidelines laid down in SS 457, the Singapore safety standard for outdoor playground equipment.
The equipment should be weather-proof and strong enough to withstand heavy usage by children and the weight of parents who may accompany their children.
All playground designers aim to stimulate children’s development, says Mr Kenneth Kutska, executive director of the International Playground Safety Institute in the US and an expert in playground safety.
Says Mr Kutska, who has worked with playground specialist company CT-Art Creation here: “All the elements of a well-designed play area work together to provide settings for social exchange, problem-solving scenarios and physiological growth. And, best of all, they’re cleverly disguised as fun.”