Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront Project - A Series of Firsts
The first Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters demonstration pilot project, 'Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront' was officially declared open to the public on Saturday, 5 April 2008.
Officially opened at Kolam Ayer by Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, this pilot project, the “Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront” is a partnership between PUB and NParks. This is the first of a series of ABC Waters Projects initatially launched by PUB in April 2006. Significantly, the 'Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront' will be the first ABC Waters project that the community will take ownership of.
CE passing a miniature Archimedes Screw to the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Chiang to Minister Yaacob, who placed it on the plaque; symbolising the handing over of the completed Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront Project to Kolam Ayer CCC and to officiate the opening of the project
To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Kolam Ayer Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC) also organised the fun-filled 'River Fiesta'. The exhibitions at 'River Fiesta' were contributed by PUB, the four Kolam Ayer CCC Interest Groups, Bendemeer Secondary School, HDB, NEA and NParks. A flea market, game booths, lucky draws, and a host of cultural and arts performances also created a buzz at the Fiesta.
As early as 2 pm, hundreds of excited residents streamed onto the Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront to witness and marvel at the major transformations which had taken place to the 200 metre stretch of the Kallang River area. Residents explored the floating look-out decks, the interactive water features such as the Archimedes Screw and Water Wheel. Many residents also engaged in kayaking and dragon boating activities which were manned by the professionals from People's Association Water-Venture. These water sports seemed to be the hot favourite activities!
Residents having a whale of a time playing with the Water Wheel and Archimedes Screw.
Residents trying out kayaking activities.
The hustle and bustle of activities did not confine to the river. At a void deck near the river, residents were also seen busy hunting for good bargains at the flea market. At the exhibition booths, members of Kolam Ayer interest groups and students of Bendemeer Secondary School also shared with residents the various activities that they have lined-up for the residents, for 2008 and years to come, and also invited interested residents to sign up as members.
Such lasting impressions of the ABC Waters program were made possible thanks to the hard work put in by our PUB staff.
Left: Crowds swarming to a nearby flea market. Right: Members of Kolam Ayer Interest Groups and Bendemeer Secondary School students shared with Minister Yaacob and residents the line-up of activities to encourage participation.
The four Interest Groups were formed last December, at the ABC Waters Project Community Workshop. These four Interest Groups will take charge of the newly created community space at Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront. The four Interest Groups are the ‘Active Living Group’, ‘Fun with Learning Group’, ‘Friendly Environment Group’ and ‘Green Thumbs Group’. Some of the activities which will be organised by these groups include morning exercises and arts performances on the floating deck, community gardening, outdoor classroom learning, and water-patrolling, to keep our environment and waters active, beautiful and clean.
Said Minister Yaacob at the launch, “At the end of the day, for the place to come alive and to be kept clean, we need residents in the community to take ownership.” Indeed, PUB is hopeful that a strong community involvement and commitment will bring about greater ownership of the Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront project.