The highly-anticipated community and lifestyle hub at Tampines will open in phases from the fourth quarter of 2016, reported Channel NewsAsia.
Called Our Tampines Hub, nearby residents will be able to use its badminton hall and community centre, and also dine at its F&B outlets and 800-seater hawker centre.
When fully completed, the facility will include six swimming pools, a 20-court badminton hall, five-storey regional library and 5,000-seater stadium with a FIFA-approved football pitch.
According to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is an adviser to the Tampines grassroots organisations, the upcoming hub is the result of numerous suggestions submitted by residents in the past few years.
The Minister was on hand yesterday to open a new 1km cycling path at Tampines Street 11 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the town’s cycling committee.
Touted as the first model cycling town in Singapore, Tampines now has a cycling route snaking through Changkat Community Club, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, and HDB neighbourhood shops.
Meanwhile, a total of 76 new dual bicycle racks will be installed at Block 114 Tampines Street 11 near the community club, and Block 138 Tampines Street 11 near 137 Tampines Round Market.
Mr Heng announced that more covered walkways will also be built and lined with plants as part of the town’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.
Plans for the town hub were first unveiled by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan in 2011 as part of the five-year master plan for Tampines.
Image: Artist’s impression of the new Tampines town hub. (Source: People’s Association)