Tampines residents get sneak peek at new community hub

National Day celebrations yesterday at Our Tampines Hub, which will open in stages from November. Fully open by next June, it will have facilities such as a library, a gym and a performing arts auditorium.
National Day celebrations yesterday at Our Tampines Hub, which will open in stages from November. Fully open by next June, it will have facilities such as a library, a gym and a performing arts auditorium.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

A community and lifestyle hub was unveiled in Tampines yesterday, after five years of construction.

About 5,000 residents turned up for the community's National Day celebrations there, and got a peek at the new Our Tampines Hub.

The facility will fully open next June with facilities such as a library, a gym and a performing arts auditorium.

Our Tampines Hub is located at the site of the former Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall, which was demolished to make way for the hub.

The facility will be opened in three phases from November. Residents can start visiting the hub then for their fix of hawker fare, or for sports activities at the badminton courts or team sports hall.

The second phase, which includes facilities such as a bowling alley and a karaoke centre, will be ready by March next year.

The hub is expected to be fully open by next June when it will benefit Tampines' 200,000 residents.

"How fitting it is... to have our first event at Our Tampines Hub coincide with National Day celebrations," said Mr Masagos Zulkifli, an MP for Tampines GRC and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Many of the residents who joined in yesterday's celebrations turned up in red and white, and sang along to familiar patriotic tunes such as Home and Five Stars Arising.

Mr Masagos also told residents that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, a fellow MP of Tampines GRC, is "recovering well" after collapsing from a stroke at a Cabinet meeting on May 12. He underwent a successful endovascular coil embolisation - surgery to seal off the aneurysm - on the day of the stroke.

"I've spoken to him and he's monitoring our activities from home. He'd like to thank you all for the support and prayers," Mr Masagos said to applause.

Ms Kavitha Somayya, 43, a Tampines resident of seven years, is looking forward to the opening of the hub, which she believes could be a gathering place for the community.

"Compared with the old stadium, the new hub will have more facilities that cater to more than just sports fans," said Ms Somayya, who works in public relations. "I am looking forward to the new auditorium... It could mean we don't have to travel all the way down town to catch a performance."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2016, with the headline 'Tampines residents get sneak peek at new community hub'. Print Edition | Subscribe