The doors to the ActiveSG Swimming Complex@Bukit Canberra opened to the community on 15 October.
As part of Sport Singapore’s efforts to bring more quality and conducive sporting facilities to the Bukit Canberra community, the new complex will feature four swimming pools suited for different needs – a six-lane sheltered pool, an eight-lane outdoor lap pool (up to 1.8m in depth), a sheltered wading pool and an outdoor fun pool for children.
Close to 1,000 residents attended the opening which was also attended by the Advisers to Sembawang GRC grassroots organisations (GROs) – Mr Ong Ye Kung (Minister for Health), Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Mr Vikram Nair, and Ms Mariam Jaafar.
Joining in the fun, the Advisers to Sembawang GRC GROs also took a dip in the swimming pools, and participated in flippa ball and aqua aerobics with the residents.
Addressing the crowd, Minister Ong, Dr Lim and Mr Nair shared their excitement at the opening of the new pools and the other upcoming facilities.
“It is a very emotional moment for all of us, this has been a project in the making for at least 15 years,” said Dr Lim.
“We started talking about this 15 years ago, saying we should have a swimming pool.
“At that point in time, the problem was Sembawang was too small.”
Some of the residents tested out the outdoor 1.8m-deep competition pool in a 20-Lap Swim challenge, while others had fun in the sheltered 1.2m-deep training pool through flippa ball try-outs and the lively aqua aerobics programme.
Residents can also look forward to a new gym opening on level two of the swimming complex later this year.
As part of the 12-hectare Bukit Canberra Integrated Sports & Community Hub, a polyclinic will also be opening towards the end of the year, in addition to the ActiveSG indoor sport hall and the Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre which had already opened late last year.
In line with the Sports Facilities Master Plan, the integrated hub will provide further access to sport and community activities for all residents to enjoy.