Singapore, 26 March 2022 – marks the official opening of Discover Tanjong Pagar (DTP) eco-playground, Singapore’s first inclusive eco-playground designed and built by a business-led body formed through URA’s pilot Business Improvement District (BID) Programme. The playground is made of upcycled wood from felled old trees. Located at the DTP Community Green – a 17,760 sqft (1,650 sqm) flexible outdoor space bounded by Tras Link, Wallich Street and Peck Seah Street (between Sofitel Singapore City Centre at Guoco Tower and Orchid Hotel), it is designed in collaboration and feedback from critical end-users from Tanjong Pagar such as children, early education practitioners and educators, parents, grandparents and technical specialists.
Launched by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development, Adviser to Tanjong Pagar GRC Grassroots Organisations (Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru) and the DTP team led by Mr Kenneth Li, Chairman of Discover Tanjong Pagar, the eco-playground was a result of months of meaningful collaboration and partnership across the private and government sectors as well as the Tanjong Pagar community.
Ms Indranee said, “It is heartening to see how this pilot BID is shaping the Tanjong Pagar precinct into a more connected, vibrant, and sustainable one. The area, which already has a strong ‘live-work-play’ characteristic, is further augmented through placemaking. Despite the pandemic, it has gradually transformed the precinct into a compelling locale that excites people. It sets the stage to create a rich and endearing place and space we can call our own. Today’s eco-playground is one good example.
I welcome the continuous efforts to foster a stronger appreciation and understanding of this precinct, enliven the neighbourhood and create a distinctive district that provides varied experiences. I look forward to Discover Tanjong Pagar’s future plans for placemaking programming and activities for the public.”
Mr Kenneth Li, who is also the Managing Director of Carlton City Hotel (Singapore) (新加坡卡尔登城市酒店董事总经理), said, “Drawing from the diverse demographics and unique elements of this precinct, we strive to build an enhanced live, work and play experience. We envision a Tanjong Pagar with public spaces that serve to strengthen the social and economic networks of the community, seamlessly bringing people and businesses together. In creating an inclusive community, we focused on the family and how families can come together to watch their next generation develop and grow through exploration. It is this focus on child development that evolved into the playground that we see today. Through our collective vision and placemaking efforts, we hope to forge a deeper sense of ownership for the Tanjong Pagar community as we foster a stronger appreciation and understanding of this amazing precinct.”
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