More residents to be involved in building playgrounds in their estates
File photo of Adventure Playground @ Canberra. (Photo: Vanessa Lim)
Engagement activities with residents for the planning of the new playground at Tembusu Park will begin this year. CANBERRA OPENS FIRST COMMUNITY-BUILT PLAYGROUND
The announcement comes after the Adventure Playground @ Canberra, a pilot project under the BAP initiative, was declared open by Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on Sunday.
Residents installing the finishing pieces at Adventure Playground @ Canberra. (Photo: Vanessa Lim)
Located at the Canberra estate in Sembawang, the 185 sqm treehouse-and-kelong inspired playground was co-created by some 1,800 people, including residents and students from nearby schools. It was conceptualised after gathering feedback from the community through various engagement activities. Residents had suggested the kelong (fishing jetties) theme as they wanted it to reflect the heritage of Sembawang, which used to be dotted with fishing villages and kelongs.
Speaking at the event, Mr Wong said opportunities to further expand the BAP initiative to more HDB estates across Singapore will continue to be explored.
"(While) the playground design evolves, one thing we've learnt is that the most important aspect of a playground is not just the design but the process. How residents come together to design it and to take ownership of it. When you take ownership of it, you take pride in it," said Mr Wong.