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Community clubs up cool factor

They reinvent themselves with fancy facilities such as a water activity centre and an observatory

Published on May 25, 2014 11:55 AM

An art gallery. A water activity centre. An Olympic-size swimming pool.

Sounds like your average country club? Nope, these facilities can now be found at some community clubs (CCs).

At Tanjong Pagar CC, you can view paintings, photographs and pottery works created by residents and artists at its revamped art gallery.

For a workout, go kayaking at Anchorvale CC's water activity centre or do laps at Senja-Cashew CC's Olympic-size pool.

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"It was through the star-gazing sessions that I met my girlfriend. Don't ask me how it happened, but something about the stars creates a very romantic atmosphere."

MR MELCOLM LEE, 20, who is waiting to enlist for national service. He attends three star-gazing sessions at Woodlands Galaxy CC every month

"We can walk to the CC in 15 minutes, which is a good way to warm up before you start swimming. Every weekend, this place teems with children taking swimming lessons and their parents. It goes to show that CCs are not just for old people."

MS JASMINE TAN, 38, a clerk who lives in Bukit Panjang. She takes her seven-year-old son to Senja-Cashew CC every Saturday for swimming lessons

"It's good that the CC has an art gallery. But if I were to compare it to a commercial art gallery, there's still room for improvement. There could be more lights to highlight each artwork and better signage to show visitors where the entrance is and how to navigate the exhibits."

MS MIRA YOON, 40, an art therapist living in Upper Bukit Timah. She showed an artwork at Tanjong Pagar CC's art gallery in December last year

"I used to kayak at Changi Beachonce a month, but it is too far.

The Anchorvale CC is just a 15-minute LRT ride away from my flat, so I can kayak here more often."

MS CHERYL HENG, 36, a drafter in an oil and petrol company who lives in Sengkang. She goes kayaking at Anchorvale CC every weekend