Replicas of the Merdeka Lions were unveiled at the launch of the new trail.
The Singapore Sports Hub on Sunday (12 May) launched a new three-kilometre educational walking trail that tells the story of Kallang as part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration.
Titled the Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail, the trail features 18 heritage markers, architecture, artefacts and new artworks situated around Singapore Sports Hub.
“Members of the public can explore the 18 markers as one whole, or in three separate smaller walking trails – The Waterfront Trail, The Stadium Trail and The Park Trail,” said Singapore Sports Hub in a release.
“Each of the trails tells the Kallang story by highlighting prominent landmarks in the area, both past and present.”
The Waterfront Trail, for instance, faces the Kallang Basin which is a body of water with a rich history that dates back at least 400 years and reveals riverine communities who used to occupy the area, the legacy of water sports and the traditional industries which contributed lasting place names.
Exploring the ground of the National Stadium, the Stadium Trail covers key architectural icons that played major roles in politics, sports, aviation, energy and entertainment in Singapore.
The Park Trail ventures into Kallang Park’s former grounds, and journeys through memories of the old Wonderland Amusement Park before ending in front of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
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To be rolled out in phases, the artworks are commissioned by Singapore Sports Hub to celebrate Kallang’s local talents and heritage.
Meanwhile, replicas of the Merdeka Lions, which used to be part of the Merdeka Bridge, are now sited at Stadium Roar, facing the Kallang Basin.
“With the widening of Nicoll Highway, the sculptures were then moved to Kallang Park, before being shifted to The SAFTI Military Institute,” noted the release.
Visitors can also look forward to finding 14 benches that were repurposed from the timber seats within the former National Stadium.
“Singapore Sports Hub sits on an important historical site not just in relation to its sporting history and achievements. To peel back the layers within the site, there are many prominent landmarks which were unknown to many visitors. We hope that with this public trail, more people and families can discover this facet of Singapore’s sports, arts and heritage scenes,” said Singapore Sports Hub chairman Bryn Jones.
Self-guided tour maps of the trail are available at the Sports Hub’s Visitors Centre at OCBC Square.
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