Singapore's million-dollar playgrounds create a thriving new industry

A life-sized shipwreck of wooden planks and galvanised steel, separated into five fractured pieces at the Sembawang Park playground.
A life-sized shipwreck of wooden planks and galvanised steel, separated into five fractured pieces at the Sembawang Park playground.PHOTO: PLAYPOINT (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
The playground at Westgate, which includes a 10m-tall tree house and a giant watering can that sprays water and oversized replicas of flora and fauna.
The playground at Westgate, which includes a 10m-tall tree house and a giant watering can that sprays water and oversized replicas of flora and fauna.PHOTO: ST FILE
The playground at Marine Cove, includes a beach tower with multiple slides, climbing nets, and bridges.
The playground at Marine Cove, includes a beach tower with multiple slides, climbing nets, and bridges.PHOTO: ST FILE
The play areas at Waterway Point, which feature an Alice in Wonderland-themed indoor playground.
The play areas at Waterway Point, which feature an Alice in Wonderland-themed indoor playground. PHOTO: FRASERS CENTREPOINT MALLS
The playground at Admiralty Park, which features 26 slides.
The playground at Admiralty Park, which features 26 slides.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The playground business is no child's play.

From $2,000 playgrounds in the 1920s, millions of dollars are now being pumped into developing and building play areas across Singapore, which is said to have one of the highest density of playgrounds in the world.

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