SINGAPORE - Residents of Queenstown can finally use their community club once more.
After a two-year renovation period, Leng Kee Community Club (CC) officially reopened its doors to the public on Saturday (Oct 7), giving the 47,000 constituents in Queenstown a larger and improved space for their neighbourhood activities.
Leng Kee CC is one of two community spaces serving the area, the other being Queenstown Community Centre.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing, who was the guest of honour at the opening, said though the area around the CC was a mature estate, the past few years have seen many new flats being built and younger families moving in.
This, he said, was “why over these last few years, we have intensified the pace at which we are refreshing” the estate.
“In a sense, this is a microcosm of what we are doing in the whole of Singapore – refreshing our communities (and) bringing in younger families to join the older communities.”
Leng Kee CC serves residents in the Lengkok Bahru, Rumah Tinggi, and Hock San estates. It is now 5,594 sq m, compared with the previous floor size of 3,966 sq m, and comes with a new culinary studio, sheltered basketball court, sky garden, and more classrooms.
Link bridges have also been built among the three blocks of the centre to make it easier for young families and the elderly to move around the facilities.
The 300-book Leng Kee Mobile Library - called "mobile" because the shelves can be moved around the CC - will be permanently stationed at the CC to encourage reading among the young.
A Healthy Gardening Community Interest Group has also started there. Participants will plant herbs and vegetables in the new sky garden, with plans to harvest them for use in future cooking classes.
Teacher Anglie Ng, who lives nearby with her family in Block 75B, Redhill Rd, was happy with the enlarged space of the CC. She said before the renovation, class locations would sometimes have to switch at the last minute due to rooms being double-booked, which she hopes will no longer be a problem.
Ms Ng, 40, who was at the opening with her husband, 40, and three daughters aged 10, eight and three, said that during the renovations, her eldest daughter would have to practice taekwondo at a nearby football field, which was open to the elements and shared by other people playing football. She is glad that now there is a dedicated space in the CC for her children to go for their courses.
Finally, she said she is also pleased with the more open feel of the club, where the boundaries are marked by tall plants. "It's now an open concept, not locked and fenced up like it was before."