By : Nicholas Yau
19 May 2016
If you have been around Bedok central recently, you might have noticed a gigantic structure taking shape beside the new hawker centre. What is it? The official name will be unveiled at the HDB Community Week launch ceremony tomorrow, so for now everyone is calling it ‘Bedok Town Plaza’.
Nestled between the Bedok Interchange hawker centre, a shopping mall, and Bedok’s transport hub, Bedok Town Plaza will become a grand concourse connecting residents to the town. Before the revamp of this town centre, the space used to be the ever-busy Block 207 Upper Changi Road hawker centre.
Town plazas are multi-purpose community-centric spaces that will offer vibrant activities for the residents. As an expansion of community building efforts, HDB’s Community Relations Group held a public consultation exercise on 16 April 2016 to engage the residents of Bedok and gather their views on possible names, themes and ideas for their town plaza. I spent some time that Saturday morning to experience the bustle!
Within hours, the boards were bursting with inputs from the residents
Looks like many residents at Bedok are looking forward to a range of outdoor activities, such as mass yoga classes!
From a quick gaze at the board, I could see that the residents here would like the town plaza play host to social and relaxing activities, as well as more food options – an amusing suggestion, as the hawker centre is just next door. The facilitators also interviewed residents to get more insights and ideas. Inputs gathered that day will help shape Bedok Town Plaza’s identity and its purpose in the rejuvenated town.
Heartland Ambassador volunteers were also around to engage the young residents with fun games and cute souvenirs promoting good neighbourliness!
The new town plaza will then be home to various community events for the residents of the area, making the town come alive with a line-up of vibrant programmes.
HDB Community Week is an annual celebration of community spirit in the heartlands. It is also a platform for the sharing of community bonding initiatives, ideas and success stories. This year’s HDB Community Week will step out of its usual home at Toa Payoh for the first time, and will be held at the town plaza at Bedok! The event will run from 20th to 29th May 2016 – will you be there?