Tampines condo residents band together to build footpath

Tampines condo residents band together to build footpath

It is said that a child is raised by a village, but in this case, a footpath was raised by a group of condominium dwellers.

Some residents of Waterview Condominium at Tampines Avenue 1 have proven that the "kampung spirit" is well and alive today, albeit with a modern twist. The muddy grass patch at their back gate leading to Bedok Reservoir Park proved to be a sticky situation for a mother pushing her stroller, as there was no footpath.

Housewife Grace Doney, in her early 30s, posted her struggle on the Waterview residents' Facebook page on June 9, together with a picture of the stroller on the uneven ground.

Within an hour, she had received positive replies from fellow residents who were keen on laying a footpath, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao. Mr William Yong, 36, was one of the residents who stepped up.

The real estate agent, along with a few others, arranged on the Facebook group to meet two days later on June 11 to lay down the 10m-long pathway. They collected discarded wooden doors and planks to form a path to the concrete pavement.


Mr Yong was quick to mention that it was a team effort and that it benefited the other residents.

"There were a few others who helped. For me, I cycle every Wednesday via the back gate and this path helps me too," he said.

Businessman Darren Loh, 38, now no longer has to worry about his beloved dog having mud on its paws.

"I walk my dog every day and when we both walked through it before, we would both get muddy. But not any more," he chuckled.

Another resident, Mr Patrick Wong, 43, a general manager, shed light on the community spirit shared by the residents.


"We have become very close as a community despite only moving in earlier this year.

We had met online even before the condo had been fully constructed.

"We share cakes we bake and buy souvenirs for each other when we go on holidays.

There are various interest groups to watch the World Cup and to even play mahjong," he said.

The Facebook group, Waterview Residents, is a hive of activity.

There are already 635 members in the group from the newly-built 696-unit condominium and residents have been actively posting about renovation plans and recommending contractors.

Mrs Doney, a mother of three, was delighted with the footpath.

"We are very touched and surprised that neighbours cared so much despite not knowing us, and asked for nothing in return. It was terrible to go out before with the pram, but now it is great," she said.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, MP for Tampines GRC, was delighted with the camaraderie.

"Social media does help. For Build-To-Order projects under construction, some residents actually set up Facebook pages to share contacts even before moving in.

"That is something really great. It's one aspect of social media that, if used well, does help to enhance a sense of belonging among new residents even before they become neighbours."

We had met online even before the condo had been fully constructed.

- Waterview Condominium resident Patrick Wong

This article was first published on July 3, 2014.
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