An indoor sports hall that can also be used for mass workouts and gatherings, an Active Health Lab, a large inclusive gym with a view, outdoor and indoor swimming facilities, a natural setting pool built into the hillside, and a forest gym for outdoor adventure activities.
Enticing? These are just some of the amenities that SportSG, in partnership with several other government organisations, will bring to Sembawang’s newest development, Bukit Canberra.
An integrated sports and community hub that seeks to promote the health and well-being of its residents while preserving nature and heritage, this 12-hectare development was unveiled on Sunday morning at a groundbreaking carnival, and will feature a hawker centre, a polyclinic, green spaces, sports facilities, and more.
The site, set to open in 2020, was showcased at the carnival through a three-dimensional architectural model, as well as a fly-through video. Sembawang Members of Parliament Khaw Boon Wan, Ong Ye Kung, Amrin Amin, Vikram Nair, and Lim Wee Kiak were then involved in a symbolic tree planting ceremony.
The government agencies behind this project were also in attendance, and these included representatives from SportSG, Ministry of Health, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, National Environment Agency, and National Parks Board.
Minister Ong Ye Kung (in blue) participating in a workout during the event. Photo: Sport Singapore
Speaking about this resident-centric new hub, Ong revealed: “Many residents have waited for this project for a very long time, and they always remind me that they’ve been waiting. Finally, after a lot of hard work and consultations, and different agencies coming together, we got the budget and tender, and we’re breaking ground today.”
At the carnival, which hosted hundreds of Sembawang residents, SportSG also presented a preview of Bukit Canberra’s sport and wellness offerings. Booths were set up by Active Health, Team Nila, and the various ActiveSG Academies, bringing games, sports try-outs, and fitness consultations to the people.
Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin. Photo: Sport Singapore
As its CEO Lim Teck Yin shared: “SportSG wants a lifestyle that’s active, a lifestyle that focuses on a sense of wellness, for individuals as well as for families.”
“We are proud to be involved in the Bukit Canberra project and will do our utmost to co-create a vibrant and endearing community space with residents and grassroots organisations. Through our efforts, we envision that people of all abilities will come together, play sport, socialise, and stay healthy,” he added.
Joining him at the event were SportSG chairman Richard Seow, SportSG deputy CEO Chiang Hock Woon, and ActiveSG chief Lai Chin Kwang. SportSG ambassadors Samantha Low and Faiz Aman also led the crowd in the GetActive! Singapore workout and dance fitness sessions.
In fact, this little taste of the sports facilities to come was already enough to excite the crowd gathered that day. Resident Michael Chen, who had attended the event with his family, enthused: “I decided to come today because I saw the ActiveSG logo. Since it’s related to sport, I thought it would be good to check out if there were any interesting try-outs for my kids!”
Resident Michael Chen and his daughters. Photo: Sport Singapore
He continued: “I can’t wait for Bukit Canberra. My company is near Our Tampines Hub, so when it was announced that Sembawang would have a bigger one, I wanted to find out more!”
Sisters Mohana and Ilakkiya Selvakumar, too, had decided to head down to give the activities a try after seeing a poster promoting the carnival for the new hub.
Expressing that the obstacle course by the ActiveSG Outdoor Adventure Club appealed the most to them at the event, Mohana said: “We tried out everything today. I hope that the new hub will have such sports activities too.”
“There aren’t many facilities in this area now. [Bukit Canberra] is a very good thing because it will promote an active lifestyle and more people will be able to [have] access [to] sports. The new facilities will really help Sembawang to grow!” she pointed out