Singapore Budget 2014: $1.5 billion to give Singaporeans easier access to sports facilities

An artist's impression of the Ang Mo Kio Wet Play Field, which will be redeveloped from the existing Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex. The Government will commit $1.5 billion to give Singaporeans easier access to sports and recreational facilities by
An artist's impression of the Ang Mo Kio Wet Play Field, which will be redeveloped from the existing Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex. The Government will commit $1.5 billion to give Singaporeans easier access to sports and recreational facilities by 2030. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL 

The Government will commit $1.5 billion to give Singaporeans easier access to sports and recreational facilities by 2030.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said in Parliament on Tuesday that this will be used for phase one of the Sports Facilities Master Plan (SFMP).

Mr Wong said the masterplan aims to give a majority of Singaporeans access to sports and recreational facilities within a 10-minute walk of their homes.

"We want to meet sporting needs at all levels - national, regional, town and community," he added.

The plans include a mix of new facilities at the regional level, as well as incorporating new features to rejuvenate existing ones in the towns and communities.

Five Regional Sports Centres (RSC) are being planned, with one in Punggol to be integrated with the neighbourhood's waterways, and co-located with a Safra clubhouse.

It will host sports activities and events for the community.

The RSCs will be larger than existing sports and recreation centres, with larger seating capacities and LED screens to bring the community together for a better spectator experience, said Mr Wong.

Meanwhile, the existing Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex will be redeveloped into the Ang Mo Kio Wet Play Field, as the ministry explores the possibility of introducing an adventure sports pool with a floating playground in the facility.

In Sembawang, an upcoming Town Sports and Recreation Centre will be part of a future one-stop community hub. The centre will combine sporting and community facilities to create a vibrant social space and offer greater convenience to residents.

At the community level, MCCY will work with HDB through its Neighbourhood Renewal Programme to create new sports and recreation spaces for residents under the Sports-in-Precinct programme, and it will feature sheltered playing areas and multi-use courts.

Such community initiatives will complement the crown jewel of the Singapore sports scene, the new Singapore Sports Hub, when it fully opens in June.

The Sports Hub will host the 2015 SEA Games in June next year.

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