The Youth Olympic Park at Marina Bay opened on Saturday with a bang against a backdrop of pyrotechnic display and a line-up of performances.
National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan who officiated the opening also announced the names of the landmark pedestrian and vehicular bridges at Marina Bay.
After a public consultation process in November, the pedestrian bridge is named “The Helix”, reflecting its helical structure.
The Helix is part of the 3.5 kilometre continuous waterfront promenade around Marina Bay and serves as a direct connection between Marina Centre and the Bayfront area.
Meanwhile, the vehicular bridge which is part of Bayfront Avenue near Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, will be called “Bayfront Bridge”.
It runs parallel to the pedestrian bridge, and provides a direct vehicular connection between Marina Centre and the Marina South area for the first time.
Before the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort is fully completed, pedestrians planning to cross from Marina Centre to the Bayfront area can use The Helix.
They can cross over to the four-metre wide pedestrian walkway of Bayfront Bridge at midway point.
The Helix will be open to the public from 9.30pm on Saturday while the Bayfront Bridge will be opened from 3.00pm on Sunday.
As part of the opening activities, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is inviting members of the public to take photographs of the bridge and post them online on the Marina Bay Facebook page.
A 3-D image of the bridge will then be constantly recreated based on photographs contributed by the community.
Members of the public can log on here for more details.
The official opening is one of many events under “Marina Bay Invitations 2010″, a year-long series of activities to mark the completion of the key developments in Marina Bay.
Source: Channel News Asia, 24 Apr 2010