Rallying to conserve sporting heritage in Farrer Park

National para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong, seen here at Farrer Park Swimming Complex, has been conducting interviews with residents and users of the Farrer Park fields and inviting sporting personalities and athletes to contribute their memories, which he
National para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong, seen here at Farrer Park Swimming Complex, has been conducting interviews with residents and users of the Farrer Park fields and inviting sporting personalities and athletes to contribute their memories, which he houses on his website - The Lives of Farrer Park: Celebrating a National Sporting Legacy.ST PHOTO: ZHANG XUAN
The open fields in Farrer Park, which cover about 9ha, are a popular spot for people to play sports such as football and cricket.
The open fields in Farrer Park, which cover about 9ha, are a popular spot for people to play sports such as football and cricket.ST FILE PHOTO

Petition urging integration of its legacy with future development has collected over 1,100 names

Twice a day, national para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong slips into the pool at Farrer Park Swimming Complex to train, but he also soaks in the nostalgia that made the area a hallowed ground for sports.

The pool was where former national swimmer Ang Peng Siong learnt to swim. Mr Toh, 19, experiences the historic site at its most peaceful - at 5.30am before the sun rises - and at its most rambunctious in the evening when the wide open fields fill up with students and foreign workers who play football and cricket.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2018, with the headline 'Rallying to conserve sporting heritage in Farrer Park'. Print Edition | Subscribe