$10m state-of-the-art Children’s Garden to open in June 2013
To produce a very first-class playground that cuts across all earnings groups.
That is the vision of Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chief executive officer of the Gardens by the Bay, and his dream is soon set to materialize.
Built at the price of $ ten million, the 1 hectare Children’s Garden located amongst the Cloud Forest and the Mangrove Wetland will be Singapore’s newest garden attraction when it opens next June.
A tree-planting ceremony was held on Friday to mark the official opening ceremony on the constructing of the children’s garden. Guest-of-honour Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, graced the event.
The garden, which is meant for children from 1 to 12 years old, aims to encourage a deeper appreciation for nature.
The two essential components of the garden are namely water play and forest adventure.
The garden will have four areas.
The first, the Toddler Play Zone, will cater to young children up to 5 years old and will function gear such as balancing beams, seesaw, hammocks and swings. Within that region is a toddler water play area which utilizes modern day water play technologies to create an ever shifting interactive landscape of water tunnels and sprouts.
The second location, the Rainforest Tree Houses and Related Play Gear, will cater to young children between ages 6 to 12. Two tree homes at 4 metres and 7.5 metres tall respectively are situated inside a dense region of rainforest trees. They are linked by timber and rope bridges that span across a 130-metre long forest trail.
The centrepiece of the garden is the Tadpole Water Play. It will function hydro vaults, splash leaves and splines to kind an interactive landscape. This landscape permits sensors to detect movements of the children to generate a corresponding sequrnce of water effects.
Lastly, the 320-seater Amphiteatre with Covered Canopy serves as a venue to hold educational occasions.
Described Dr Tan as Singapore’s first national gardens, the sprawling play garden will complement the much more tourist-oriented Singapore Botanical Gardens as the “yin and yang” of Singapore.
The children’s gardens, Tan said, had often been a element of the Gardens by the Bay plan. It only came later because they were initially looking for sponsors.
“Water play is not cheap. It need to be safe, enjoyable and exciting…a universal playground,” Tan mentioned, adding that this is a handicap-friendly play area with special customized patterns.
Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay, spoke of his vision for the children’s garden as …
He emphasized that apart from the key issue of safety, the play area also takes into account that there are amenities and food and beverage outlets for the loved ones members.
The children’s gardens is nevertheless function in progress. Tan assured the public nonetheless, that plans will not quit there. “A garden evolves a children’s garden will usually evolve.”
Apart from the children’s gardens, Tan also revealed far more upcoming projects for Gardens by the Bay to incorporate an outdoor cactus garden, and a foodies’ location referred to as “Satay by the Bay”.