Mount Faber Loop goes car-free tomorrow

Let's Lepak At Mount Faber will include activities such as dance painting, where participants create art using their bodies.
Let's Lepak At Mount Faber will include activities such as dance painting, where participants create art using their bodies.PHOTO: COLOURS IN MOTION

Supporters of Car-Free Sunday SG now have a new pedestrianised zone to play at.

The car-free event wrapped up last month after a six-month trial in the Central Business District and Civic District. Car-Free Sunday SG drew 10,000 people in its last edition. But tomorrow, Let's Lepak At Mount Faber (lepak means relax or hang out in Malay), the first car-free initiative at a park, will take place. An 800m stretch along Mount Faber Loop, from Mount Faber Park Car Park D to the junction near Faber Bistro, will be closed to traffic from 4 to 7pm.

Visitors can trek up to the road using the Marang trail, which starts from Exit D of HarbourFront MRT station. They can also take a cable car to Mount Faber station from HarbourFront station, then walk for three minutes.

The free event is part of GetActive! Singapore, a week-long series of sporting activities held in the lead-up to the nation's birthday. The theme is sports and wellness, with music and art elements.

Organised by Mount Faber Leisure Group and supported by the National Parks Board, the initiative will run on the first Saturday of each month and is on trial till October.

  • BOOK IT / LET'S LEPAK AT MOUNT FABER

  • WHERE: Mount Faber Loop

    WHEN: Tomorrow, 4 to 7pm

    ADMISSION: Free. Those who register at lepakmountfaber1. peatix.com can redeem a goodie bag (limited quantities available)

    INFO: www.faberpeaksingapore.com

At the park, perched 100m above sea level, visitors can create art using their bodies in dance painting, work up a sweat at a zumba or functional fitness session, or create models of cable cars from recycled materials.

Ms Suzanne Ho, Mount Faber Leisure Group's general manager, says the idea to go car-free came about after the company learnt about the Government's push to steer Singapore towards a car-lite nation. The company applied to hold the event under the Streets for People programme, a ground-up scheme launched by the Urban Redevelopment Authority to support community-driven projects to turn streets into car-free public spaces.

Ms Ho says: "With the forest all around, the public, along with residents of Mount Faber, would be able to come and play and enjoy the outdoor space free of traffic."

She expects the road closure to have "minimal impact" on traffic as motorists typically travel via Mount Faber Road to Mount Faber and down to Henderson Waves, and will not pass the closed stretch. Road marshals will be deployed to facilitate traffic flow.

Ms Ho says the Mount Faber stretch where the activities will be held can take up to 400 people.

Visual artist Jaxton Su and independent dance artist Chen Jiexiao hope to spread the word on dance painting, a relatively new art form here that was developed by the duo last year.

In their programme Colours in Motion, participants, with the help of the two artists, will use their bodies as brushes to create colourful works of art on large pieces of paper. The works will have a National Day theme.

A roving percussion group will belt out familiar National Day Parade tunes. A food truck operated by soya bean specialist Mr Bean will be at the venue and there are eateries nearby, such as Faber Bistro.

Health coach Melody Chong, 39, plans to head down and try out dance painting.

She says: "I haven't been to Mount Faber for years - I used to jog there - and it's great that they are organising events like these."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'Hang out at car-free Mount Faber'. Print Edition | Subscribe