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Buona Vista pool to close this month as part of redevelopment plans

After serving residents for close to four decades, Buona Vista Swimming Pool will shut its doors for the last time later this month. The Singapore Sports Council said the land the pool sits on is needed as part of redevelopment plans in the area.

SINGAPORE: After serving residents for close to four decades, Buona Vista Swimming Pool will shut its doors for the last time later this month.

The Singapore Sports Council said the land the pool sits on is needed as part of redevelopment plans in the area.

The Buona Vista Swimming Pool was opened in September 1976.

Its closure is the ninth for public pools since 2001.

Others were the pools at Yan Kit, River Valley, Bukit Merah, Farrer Park, Paya Lebar, Jurong Town, Boon Lay and Pandan Gardens.

Five of these were leased out to various sports organisations, with four still in operation.

The five are Paya Lebar, Farrer Park, Bukit Merah, Boon Lay and Jurong Town. Operations at Paya Lebar have ceased.

In their place, however, six new pools have been built, and most come with special water features and slides.

Officials said the shutdowns have not affected the development of competitive swimming.

Jeffery Leow, president of Singapore Swimming Association, said: "Most of our competitive swimmers come to our clubs and most of our clubs either have their own pools or rent pools from schools or from other organisations. So I would say that at the competitive swimming level, I think the impact would be marginal."

But the nostalgia of visits to Buona Vista Swimming Pool will probably remain for many.

Long-time resident Pamela Oei, for example, started a petition to save the Buona Vista pool in 2011.

While she may not have succeeded, her efforts ultimately became a platform for people to share their memories of the pool.

Ms Oei said: "A lot of memories are surfacing on the ‘Save Buona Vista Swimming Pool’ Facebook page. It is where I learnt to swim, so that's why it is very precious to me.

"I was a little girl when I watched, from my window, as they filled up the pool. It took weeks for the water level to be right, and after that, of course, you have to treat the water and everything… So I remember the birth of Buona Vista Swimming Pool."

Going forward, the Singapore Sports Council said Buona Vista residents can use the Queenstown, Clementi and Delta pools.

The Singapore Sports Council operates 25 public pools islandwide.

The newer pools are integrated with lifestyle and recreational amenities, community facilities, and are conveniently located near transport nodes and town hubs for easy access.

In the future, should there be sufficient demand, more of such pools could be built as part of the sports facilities master plan under Vision 2030.  

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