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Monday, January 31, 2011

Project Old Playground #3 & #4 - Airport Road - Seal

#Playground 3 - Dakota Crescent Seal
Daddy grew up in Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, there was a Seal at Block 134. So this playground holds a lot of fond memories for Daddy.

The Seal is hidden in one corner of Dakota Crescent (between Block 10 and 16)

To our dismay, this playground is in very bad condition. Someone lay a decomposing toad on the stairways yucks. And we spotted a lot of rusty joints!

Video : Seal introduction

Boys in chains and fun with tyres

When we play police and thief, these tyres used to be our safe-houses.

We would jump down from the 2nd floor, instead of sliding down keke.

Hide and Seek was fun, and some daring kids will even scale the Seal head ! (not those born after 90s)

In the original version, the bridge was made of real wood-planks (which shakes so badly when you run across!) . Boys will be digging holes (booby trap), covered with newspaper, hoping someone would fall in! When it rains, this holes become our canals and reservoirs, we will bring along our sampan and boats.

This slide is very rough, so kids need to slide down on their sandals, not buttocks.

One photo for memory sake, and just to make Daddy happy :)
Thirty years ago Daddy was running around with his neighbours and brother.

disclaimer : above pointers in Blue are meant to illustrate how mischievous kids behave last time, there are risks involved, please do not ask your kids to play stuntman !

Video : Seal play area

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A short 5 min away, at Jalan Tua (Block 93), is another Old playground.

Updated 2012Apr - Jalan Tua payground has been replaced with a new playground.

#Playground 4 - Jalan Tua - Adventure playground (not sure whether this is actual name) Reference http://justrambling.sg/?p=1105
There are ample stairs and bridges to ensure kids are connected to each other.
Daddy told kids Old Airport Road and Dakota Crescent used to house Kallang Airport! (before Changi)

More tyres. Does anybody still see tyres in new generation playgrounds ?

A lot of senior citizens were amused our boys were having so much fun.
We are disturbing the neighbourhood again ah ha.

Boys will be happy, as long as they are swings and slides!

Video : Adventure playground

Appeal : Daddy fail to locate a single merry-go-round in Singapore over the last month. If any of you spot one working Merry-go-round, please let us know. Do not ask me to go Malaysia's merry-go-round ok :p

*** Updated 2014 - Catch us with Seal Playground on Channel 100% Singapore (百分百新加坡)

. Project Playground #, the oldest playgrounds :
#1 - Dragon Amk - http://sengkangbabies.blogspot.com/2011/01/project-playground-singapores-oldest.html (how our Project was born)

#2 - Elephant Pasir Ris - http://sengkangbabies.blogspot.com/2011/01/project-playground-2-pasir-ris-park.html

# School of Hard Knock Playground exhibitions at Esplanade Tunnel

#3 & 4 Seal Dakota Crescent, and Adventure playground Jalan Tua

# Some other playground blogs we found along the way

#5 - Dragon Toa Payoh and Dinosaurs

#6 - Pelican at Dover
http://sengkangbabies.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-old-playground-6-dover-pelican.html#7 - Merry-Go-Round at Tiong Bahru Park

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  1. Love this!! Thanks for sharing.
    I would want to visit them soon

  2. Bring your childhood friends along haha
    (maybe our kids will meet at one of the old old playgrounds one day haha)

  3. How about Tiong Bahru park? There's a working merry go around there. I think there's another one at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, too.


  4. thanks Shirley, now I remember Kevin's upper Seletar Merry-go-Round! I was planning to bring them to TiongBahru for the tilting- train :)

  5. Chanced upon this site and glanced at your fantastic photos! You sure had lots of fun yet. =P

    Very nice =D


  6. thanks Kim :)
    do Pop by for our Toa Payoh post :)


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