83 Punggol Central, Singapore
Singapore – Happy Park has become the first attraction in Singapore to integrate lights to a wet and dry playground, creating a fun and playable sculpture to be enjoyed by the young and old.
Situated at the new Waterway Point suburban shopping mall in Punggol New Town, the main play area consists of a dry play and a wet play area. The cosy area and the lily trees are two extra elements of the playground. Happy Park is a project of Playpoint (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a leading regional playground specialist in Asia.
Dry Play Area
The dry play area is designed as a terraced landscape, accessible for everyone and for all ages. Young children can crawl on and slide down from its soft rubber surface, older children can run, jump and slide on the hills and parents can keep an eye on their kids while using the terraces as seating.
The dry play area has terraced hills, which define its 'inner' world. The whole area is covered with epdm. Two slides enter this zone, which are accessible from the two highest hills. Long lily-tree roots add extra play elements to this zone. These roots (orange, metal tubes) connect the slides, and can be used for climbing, sliding, swinging and tumbling.
On the elevated platform in the dry play area, Playpoint integrated spinners. Kids can imagine they are a rabbit in the rabbit holes, which are all ground level entry points to the dry play area. These rabbit holes can be lined with led-lights, which makes them safe and visible at night.
Wet Play Area
The wet play area consists of four essential elements: a river loop with flowing water, a lake, an island and a bridge.
The river loop flows around the island. At some points it varies in width. The river loop invites children to play with water in various ways; they can put their feet in, they can make a little paper boat and let it sail away. They can add obstacles and change the flow of the water, creating little ponds. The outer edge of the river loop is designed neatly, while its inner edge is rougher, so that the island really seems to sit in the water.
An iconic, orange bridge (same colouring as orange tubes) is a visible connector on the balcony. It is a low (one-step) element, which crosses the narrow part of the lake and the river loop. The water flows underneath it. Children can play different fantasy games on the bridge, imagining they are Three Giant Lily Trees form the highlight of the playground.
They are brightly lit at night, with LEDs covering the tubes, illuminating the water that sprays out of their canopy.
The trees are very transparent tube structures, with a core that can be entered. Children can climb safely to the top, which is designed as a calyx with a stigma. The calyx/canopy of the lilytrees is covered with a transparent textile, which offers shade to the playing children.
The colour of the trees changes from green at the bottom to white on the top, like a real lily flower. The structures subtly blend with their surroundings. The orange tubes are the 'roots' and contain and connect different playing elements.
They are climbing tubes, partly covered with netting. The orange tubes are also structural to the lily trees, reaching out from their top to keep the trees stable. From the netting and tubes, children can access the two giant slides which are connected to the trunk of the lily trees. Little 'bird houses' are the entry of the slides. Two of the top-to-bottom roots are giant spinners, marked with bright orange colour.