Singapore Opens Multisensory Park
A new one-hectare garden equipped with a multi-sensory play area featuring water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and topiary pergola arches all set within a landscaped garden has been developed overlooking the Marina Reservoir in Singapore.
Grant Associates – the same UK landscape architects behind the Supertrees and masterplanners of the award-winning Bay South Garden- designed the new Far East Organization Children’s Garden in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.
The kids water playground is the main attraction in the garden, including Hydro Vaults, Water Splines and orchid-shaped splash buckets, which create an ever-changing interactive landscape of water tunnels, water mounds and waterspouts. For the toddlers, there is the Fish Fountain with fish sculptures for the young to clamber over.
Grant Associates Director, Andrew Grant said: “The Children’s Garden will create play opportunities that are not found elsewhere in Singapore that connect children to nature via technology, art and horticulture.”
To add a little more adventure, Grant’s designers built two treehouses, set within a thicket of rainforest trees with quick growing Ficus to allow the children to be even closer to nature. Raised platforms and shelters linked by ropewalks, steps, ramps and slides devices for making sounds, as well as telescopes, climbing nets and hammock seating all add to the fun.
The edge of the Far East Organization Children’s Garden follows a ridge of elevated ground that overlooks the Kingfisher Lake to the south and the Marina Reservoir to the north. A series of topiary pergola arches echo the parabola arch geometry of the ‘Hydro Vaults’ in the water play space. Beneath the pergola is a linked series of balancing, clambering, swinging and climbing elements to allow children the opportunity to enjoy a different type of forest trail.
Since the park’s users are primarily children, shade plays an important role within the play area. A leaf-shaped canopy structure provides shelter from the rain and hot sun reaching over an outdoor amphitheatre formed by stepped granolithic finish concrete benches, which will serve as a venue for different garden functions and events.
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay said: “Words cannot express how pleased we are to offer children a special play area in Gardens by the Bay. This Children’s Garden is made possible by the strong support of Far East Organization, and cements our commitment to creating a People’s Garden with a green legacy for our future generations.”