Coastal PlayGrove opens at former Big Splash site with 16m high outdoor play tower

by Kaylyn Toh

Singapore is an urban playground, but we bet you haven’t heard of Coastal PlayGrove, the tallest outdoor play feature in Singapore. Opened on 28 March, it has taken the place of the former Big Splash water park site. 

Former Big Splash site

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The former iconic Big Splash water theme park at East Coast Park ceased operations in 2006 and was redeveloped into a dining and lifestyle destination, Playground @ Big Splash up until 2016. 

The government started the redevelopment work for Coastal PlayGrove in 2017 as part of the efforts to rejuvenate East Coast Park. 

Coastal PlayGrove features

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In a bid to redistribute crowds around the park, the 48 hectares Coastal PlayGrove features many play areas such as the Outdoor Classroom by the Sea, Nature Playgarden and the 16m tall outdoor play tower. 

16-metres tall outdoor play tower with slides and vertical challenges

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A reconstruction of the former Big Splash tower, this 16-metres tall outdoor play tower features two enclosed tube slides and a vertical challenge play area. 

The tube slides are located on the third and fourth floor of the tower and are 7.3 metres and 11.9 metres tall respectively. This feature is perhaps the perfect reminiscence of the former iconic Big Splash slides. 

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Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 8pm, the four-storey Vertical Challenge is a vertical net play area with numerous rope-based obstacles suitable for youngsters above 13 years old. 

Activities in Vertical Challenge include stepping pods, hammocks, hoop maze, zig-zag bridge, ball step traverse, wobble link, grip wall, wave traverse, and disc swings.

For young visitors aged five to 12 years old, they can climb and explore the Leisure Nets located at the base of the tower. 

Water play area 

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To beat the heat while exploring Coastal PlayGrove, consider bringing your child to the water playing area right beside the tower. The wading pool is connected by a stream of water jets that light up at night, so your child would definitely have a splashing’ good time. 

The wheelchair-accessible water play area is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 8pm for children aged five to 12 years old. 

Nature Playgarden 

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Suitable for children aged three to 12 years old, Nature Playgarden enables children to play in an environment that is immersed in nature. Natural materials such as wood, sand, and gravel are used in this play area. 

There are three themed sections to introduce children to different habitats. The first section would be the bamboo tunnel trail which evokes a sense of mystery. The second section aims to mimic native forest habitats which include log trails, teepees, and a mix of exotic shrubs that attract butterflies. The last section would be a trail that leads to the Sand Pit with a balancing board as a play element for the children. 

Outdoor Classroom by the Sea

Photo: NParks

NParks’ first outdoor classroom by the sea is designed for preschoolers. The outdoor classroom is decked with a chalkboard, boulders and log stools, complete with a view of the sea. 

There are various fruit trees planted in the area for children to observe. An old hornbill’s nest with an artificial nest box has also been installed in the Yellow Flame tree. 

Sand Pit

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Adjacent to the outdoor classroom by the sea, this sand pit can also be found at the last section of the nature playgarden trail. 

Event Lawn

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Coastal PlayGrove’s 0.95 hectares of open lawn support sports activities and large-scale events with a capacity of 5000 pax. Venue booking for the lawn remains suspended until further notice. 

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