RESIDENTS have been flocking to the Bukit Panjang Community Club, where facilities have been improved and new classes introduced after a two-year revamp completed last July.
Before the club was upgraded, an average of 2,700 people participated in courses and activities there each month.
This year, the number has grown to reach a monthly average of 3,240.
Under the $4.86-million upgrading project, air-conditioning systems were installed in the multi- purpose hall, which used to be ventilated by fans.
A new dance studio was also built, on top of the existing two, to meet the demand for yoga classes.
A shelter was built on the club's rooftop level, creating a new area to host small-scale community gatherings.
Space was also created on the ground floor and third floor for a Kopitiam foodcourt and Cristofori Music School respectively.
As a result of the upgrade, the floor area of the club was increased by about 1,100 sq m.
The extra room has allowed for more new classes to be introduced, for a variety of activities including magic and belly dancing.
The upgraded community club was officially opened yesterday by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.
Dr Teo Ho Pin, North West District Mayor and MP for Bukit Panjang Constituency, said: "The upgraded community club has more facilities to accommodate a wider range of activities and courses, and will be a focal point for our residents to meet, interact and bond."
Retiree Chua Kim Lay, 50, who visits the community club regularly for brisk-walking sessions and taiji classes, said that she was pleased with the revamp.
"Before the upgrade, the second floor used to smell musty. The air is now fresher, and this makes my visit more refreshing," she said.
Another resident of Bukit Panjang, primary-school teacher Florence Teo, 49, said that she now sends all her four children for various courses at the club regularly.
She said: "After my second daughter, who took taekwon-do at the community club, told her siblings about the upgrade in facilities, my other children started to become more interested in its courses."
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