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URA Seeks Public Input on Repurposing Old Kallang Airport for Lifestyle and Recreational Activities

Imagine turning an old airport into a bustling hub of lifestyle and recreational activities. That’s exactly what the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is planning for the old Kallang Airport, and they want your input.

At a current exhibition held at Kallang Wave Mall, the URA showcases examples of how old buildings can be repurposed, like the public library in Tilburg, Netherlands, housed in a former train depot, and the London Transport Museum, located in a historic flower market. These examples serve as inspiration for the future of Kallang Airport.

The URA, alongside the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), envisions the old Kallang Airport site as a place for lifestyle and recreational activities, making use of its rich history as Singapore’s first purpose-built civil international airport. The airport, which opened in 1937 and operated until 1955, has several conserved structures including the terminal building and a hangar.

They’re asking the public for ideas on what activities they would like to see on this approximately 10-hectare site. This feedback will help shape plans to make the former airport accessible and exciting for both locals and tourists.

Jerome Lim, a heritage author and blogger, suggests a transportation gallery could be set up at the site to help tell the stories of its past. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining views of the terminal building from Nicoll Highway and the Singapore Sports Hub, preserving its historical significance.

Additionally, the URA is exploring the possibility of extending the 10km Southern Ridges westwards. This extension, referred to as the Ridge to Coast Loop, could connect parks and historical sites in south-western Singapore, offering more nature-based recreation opportunities.

The Pasir Panjang Power District, another area of focus, could see a mix of workspaces, residential areas, and lifestyle amenities, leveraging its industrial heritage and waterfront setting. The URA is also seeking ideas for repurposing colonial bungalows in the Mount Faber and Alexandra Park areas for public use.

Fauzy Ismail, president of the Singapore Heritage Society, hopes that the unique identities and histories of each site will be preserved and adapted for current times. He also emphasizes the importance of making these areas stimulating and accessible for residents.

Apart from land-based activities, the authorities are also interested in water-based activities along the Kallang River. For instance, they’re considering opening up more opportunities for kayaking along the river.

You can find out more about the recreation masterplan and submit your ideas on the URA’s website. The roving exhibition will be at Kallang Wave Mall until June 16, followed by stops at One Punggol, Canberra Plaza, and The URA Centre.

Recreation Masterplan Roving Exhibition Schedule:
– Kallang Wave Mall: until June 16 (10:30am to 9pm)
– One Punggol: June 22 to 30
– Canberra Plaza: July 6 to 14
– The URA Centre: July 18 to 27 (closed on Sundays)

The Straits Times

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