Sembawang residents can look forward to their own swimming pool and stadium within 10 years.
MP for Nee Soon GRC Dr Lim Wee Kiak revealed this at the ground-breaking ceremony for an integrated sports, recreation and community hub at Canberra Park on Sunday morning.
Some S$2m is being spent to transform Canberra Park in the next one year.
The 80,000 residents there will enjoy an Inclusive Adventure Park for all ages.
Other highlights include an amphitheatre, bicycle stations and third-generation fitness stations.
The 1.5-hectare park will also house the largest number of swings in Singapore.
Called the Swings of Differences, they will include swings for boys, girls and toddlers.
Residents also have a say in choosing the colour theme of the park.
Looking ahead, bigger sports facilities are being planned.
Dr Lim said: “We are working very actively now with MND, with URA, to see where we can build a sports complex as well as a sports stadium for Sembawang. This has been a long-overdue item which residents have been asking and have been looking forward to.”
Dr Lim said details are being worked out, and options include integrating the sports complex with a park, a library and a hawker centre.
The complex of three to four hectares is likely to be sited next to the Sembawang MRT Station.
The plans are not stopping just at infrastructure development. With the growing number of sports facilities in the north, Dr Lim said he and his team are looking at increasing the number of events to be staged in this part of Singapore in future.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 6 Oct 2013