Public Spaces Should Be Fun

We have been enhancing the public spaces in the heart of our city.  We are discovering that little things make great impact!

At Kampong Glam,  we placed some benches and garden swings at the Sultan Gate open space.  This ‘Picnic in the Park – Under the Gelam Trees’ became an instant success.

This being the month of Ramadan, many families gathered at the benches to break fast after their prayers at the Sultan Mosque. Each night, the space comes alive with colourful lights hanging from the Gelam trees.  This is a gem!

At the Asian Civilisations Museum Green and Marina Bay, IKEA kindly provided 60 moveable chairs for people to rest their feet and enjoy the surroundings.  This ‘Chairs in Squares’ was also a great hit. Different chair arrangements were observed!

The simple addition of chairs and benches can magically transform our public spaces. This was in fact a suggestion from participants at a recent focus group discussion at MND on “Vibrant Spaces for the Community”.

I look forward to more interesting public space projects under URA’s ongoing PubliCity programme.

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