The Singapore Sports Hub launched the first-ever sports, arts and heritage trail on 12 May (Sunday). Photo: Sport Singapore
The Singapore Sports Hub on Sunday (May 12) launched the first-ever sports, arts and heritage trail, which members of the public can now take to discover the rich history of Kallang, as well as our arts and sporting achievements and local talents.
Titled The Kallang Story, the new three-kilometre educational walking trail catered for people of all ages and walks of life, tells the story of Kallang through 18 heritage markers, artefacts, architecture, and new artworks situated around the Singapore Sports Hub. The trail is part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration 2019, and is a community project supported by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in partnership with Sport Singapore and Republic Polytechnic.
Guest-of-Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, unveiling the Merdeka Lions with Chairman of Sports Hub, Mr Bryn Jones (first from left). Photo: Sport Singapore
The trail was launched by Chairman of Sports Hub, Mr Bryn Jones, as well as Guest-of-Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Communication and Youth, and the Minister of Transport, and they also unveiled the two Merdeka Lions prominently placed in front of the National Stadium.
"Singapore Sports Hub sits on an important historical site not just in relation to its sporting history and achievements. To peel back the layers within the site, there are many prominent landmarks which were unknown to many visitors. We hope that with this public trail, more people and families can discover this facet of Singapore’s sports, arts and heritage scenes," said Mr Jones.
Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore, said: “The story of Kallang is more than a backdrop to many significant moments in our sporting history. It tells stories of generations of Singaporeans coming together to achieve extraordinary feats. These shared memories and experiences continue to define the people we are today, pride in excellence and a vision for our future.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAIL
18 markers take visitors through The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail
Members of the public can explore the 18 markers as one whole, or in three separate smaller walking trails - The Waterfront Trail, The Stadium Trail and The Park Trail. Each of the trails tells the Kallang story by highlighting prominent landmarks in the area, both past and present. The Waterfront Trail faces the Kallang Basin, a body of water with a rich history going back at least 400 years and reveals the riverine communities who once called this area home, the traditional industries that contributed lasting place names, and the legacy of water sports. The Stadium Trail explores the grounds of the National Stadium and covers major architectural icons which played key roles in sports, politics, energy, aviation and entertainment in Singapore. The Park Trail ventures into the former grounds of Kallang Park, journeys through memories of the old Wonderland Amusement Park and ending in front of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Merdeka Lions
The Merdeka Lions now sited at Stadium Roar, facing the Kallang Basin, are replicas of the original artefacts that were initially commissioned by the Public Works Department (renamed ‘CPD Corporation’) as part of the Merdeka Bridge that was built in 1955. With the widening of Nicoll Highway, the sculptures were then moved to Kallang Park, before being shifted to The SAFTI Military Institute.
Image: Singapore Sports Hub
Members of the public can look forward to spotting 14 uniquely designed repurposed benches made from the timber seats in the former National Stadium. The installation of the 14 benches has enlivened Sports Hub’s public spaces to build community interactions and create shared memories. This underscored the intent of this “Re:Bench” Community Project, a collaboration between Singapore Sports Hub and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Visitors can pick up self-guided tour maps of The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail at the Sports Hub’s Visitors Centre at OCBC Square.