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Benson Ang
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Singapore

Community clubs up cool factor

The Straits Times | Benson Ang | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Artist's impression of the upcoming Nee Soon Central Community Club. It will be the first CC to be located entirely in a shopping mall.

An art gallery. A water activity centre. An Olympic-size swimming pool.

Sounds like your average country club? Nope, these facilities can now be found at some community clubs (CCs).

At Tanjong Pagar CC, you can view paintings, photographs and pottery works created by residents and artists at its revamped art gallery.

For a workout, go kayaking at Anchorvale CC's water activity centre or do laps at Senja-Cashew CC's Olympic-size pool.

In the last four years, CCs have evolved to become lifestyle venues with these new leisure facilities.

Older ones have undergone glitzy makeovers, such as Tanjong Pagar CC which now has a childcare centre and eateries.

Newer ones come with unique selling points. For example, Woodlands Galaxy CC, which opened last year, boasts an observatory for residents to go star-gazing.

There are currently 107 CCs, which are run by the People's Association, a statutory board that promotes community bonding through various grassroots bodies.

More exciting lifestyle facilities are in the pipeline.

A bowling alley is planned for the upcoming Keat Hong CC, which is slated to open in 2016.

If the plan falls into place, it will be the first CC with a bowling alley.

Tampines Town Hub, touted as a giant lifestyle hub with Singapore's largest CC, will also open its doors in 2016.

The hub, about the size of seven football fields, will also house facilities such as a performing arts theatre, swimming pools, a futsal court and retail shops.

In 2018, Nee Soon Central CC will be Singapore's first CC to be housed entirely within a shopping mall. It will also be the first fully air-conditioned CC here.

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