More family-friendly facilities at upgraded park

PM Lee mingling with children at the street soccer court of the revamped Ci Yuan Sports Park yesterday. Accompanied by Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Darryl David (right), he joined more than a thousand residents in doing workouts, watching street football, and t
PM Lee mingling with children at the street soccer court of the revamped Ci Yuan Sports Park yesterday. Accompanied by Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Darryl David (right), he joined more than a thousand residents in doing workouts, watching street football, and trying out a dragon boat simulator at a sports carnival.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Ang Mo Kio-Hougang residents can enjoy more family-friendly fitness facilities following a revamp of their neighbourhood park.

The Ci Yuan Sports Park in Hougang Avenue 8 was unveiled yesterday by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is grassroots adviser and MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC.

Along with fellow Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Darryl David, he joined more than a thousand residents in doing workouts, watching street football, and trying out a dragon boat simulator at a sports carnival.

The $1.2 million renovation of the 12-year-old space, previously known as the Ci Yuan Green Park, started last year.

It has added new facilities such as a children's playground, beach volleyball court and fitness equipment that can be used by three generations of a family.

Its jogging track and street football pitch have been upgraded.

Hougang residents Patrick and Veronica Wong are glad that the space has been improved, as it allows their seven children aged five to 19 more opportunities to try sports.

Housewife Mrs Wong, 48, said: "I'm quite impressed by the space and infrastructure.

"It's a luxury to have this kind of space so near us, because everywhere is so built-up around here."

Madam Loh Fong Wah, 70, a Hougang resident of 20 years, said she welcomed the upgrading of the petanque court, where she and other seniors can play ball games in the evenings.

The retired church worker added: "It's good for us old folks to do some evening exercise."

Olivia Ho

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2016, with the headline 'More family-friendly facilities at upgraded park'. Print Edition | Subscribe