After an $18-million revamp, the recreational enclave at East Coast Park boasts new eateries and a 3,500 sq m playground (about half the size of a football field) catering to children of different ages and diverse abilities.
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An 8m, three-storey tower is the playground’s focal point. It consists of many play elements including three slides, a rope bridge and climbing net courses. Kids can climb up the tower through a funnel net in the middle.
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Modelled after a lighthouse, the 8m tall tower has three slides of different challenge levels.
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The play tower is connected to a rope bridge, that’s sturdy enough for parents to step on and enjoy with their kids.
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Besides the play tower, there’s plenty more to keep older kids aged five to twelve years very busy.
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The swing set includes an accessible swing seat equipped with a safety harness for security.
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The playground has a range of equipment suitable for children aged between two and 12.
Wheelchair-friendly play equipment are also available, such as the Neo ring, an interactive game station installed at waist-level that gives wheelchair-using children easy access to play it.
A yellow and blue Cosy Cocoon sits in a corner, serving as a space to escape from overstimulation, which some children with special needs may face after intense play.
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The sea-facing playground is designed to integrate with the surrounding greenery and the beach setting within East Coast Park.
To make it more accessible, a new linkway has been built to connect the dining outlets with the nearby underpass to Marine Terrace.
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You’ll also find a new standalone public toilet which incorporates restrooms, sinks and shower facilities tailored to children (pictured above).
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times.
(Photo: Young Parents)