SINGAPORE - National servicemen and their families who live in the north-west can look forward to a new Safra clubhouse that will be built in Choa Chu Kang park in the coming years.
It will feature a sheltered swimming pool, a skypark running circuit, a gym, as well as a nature-themed playground.
This was announced by Second Minister for Defence and Safra president Ong Ye Kung on Sunday (May 28) at a ceremony at Keat Hong Community Centre which commemorated 50 years of National Service (NS) this year.
Mr Ong said that Singapore has been able to achieve peace and stability, and the conditions for its society to develop, because potential aggressors know that Singaporeans are "solidly united in defending our country".
"In an increasingly complex world plagued with all kinds of of terror such as the recent suicide attacks in Manchester and Jakarta, cyber-attacks, and geopolitical uncertainties, we will continue to have a strong SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) to underpin Singapore's prosperity and preserve our way of life."
He added that Safra hopes to achieve "a seamless blend between clubhouse and park facilities" for the new clubhouse.
"This will therefore be a unique, tranquil and green setting for the clubhouse, which will in turn make the park a more attractive meeting point for Singaporeans."
Details of its cost and completion date will be announced at a later date. The National Parks Board (NParks) will also enhance the current park connector network in Choa Chu Kang to improve accessibility to the park and new clubhouse.
Safra will also organise a slew of activities to commemorate NS50 and the 45th anniversary of Safra this year.
These include a Safra Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon, a charity swim, and a photography competition.
There will also be 500 special deals and 50,000 give-aways for Safra members, such as one-for-one movie deals at Shaw cinemas, discounts at retailers like Watsons, and food and beverage treats.
At the event, about 80 father-and-son pairs received their NS50 recognition packages, which include $100 in vouchers and application instructions for a free commemorative NS50 PAssion Card. Many others will receive theirs by mail later this year.
Correction note: This story has been updated for clarity.