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    Aug 08, 2016

    Residents get preview of new Tampines hub

    A COMMUNITY and lifestyle hub was unveiled in Tampines yesterday after five years of work.

    About 5,000 residents turned up for the community's National Day celebrations there,

    and got a peek at the Our Tampines Hub.

    It will fully open next June with facilities such as a library, gym and performing arts auditorium.

    Our Tampines Hub is at the site of the

    former Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall

    which was demolished.

    The new facility will be open in three phases from November.

    Residents can start visiting the hub then for

    their fix of hawker fare, or to play sports

    at the badminton courts or team sports hall.

    The second phase, which includes facilities

    like a bowling alley and karaoke centre, will be ready by March next year.

    The hub is expected to be fully open by June when it will benefit Tampines' 200,000 residents.

    "How fitting it is... to have our first event

    at Our Tampines Hub coincide with National Day celebrations," said Masagos Zulkifli, an MP

    for Tampines GRC and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

    Many of the residents turned up in red and white, and sang along to familiar patriotic tunes such as Home and Five Stars Arising.

    Kavitha Somayya, 43, a Tampines resident

    of seven years believes the hub can be a

    gathering place for the community.

    "Compared with the old stadium, the new hub will have more facilities that cater to more than

    just sports fans," said Ms Somayya who works

    in public relations.