CNA – Skateboarders of all skill levels will be able to practise their tricks at Singapore’s largest skate park located in Lakeside Garden, with five skate pods catering to different groups of riders.
The Learn to Skate Pod for beginners has gentler slopes, while the Big Bowl Pod for experienced skaters has steeper drops and is up to 2.5 metres deep.
“Many stakeholders shared that they would prefer a skate park with options for progression and training ,” the National Parks Board (NParks) said.
The nearly 17,000 square metres skate park is one of the highlights of the 7ha northern section of Lakeside Garden, which opened yesterday.
Lakeside Garden, the Garden Promenade, and the Chinese and Japanese Gardens make up Jurong Lake Gardens.
The Garden Promenade will be developed together with the new Science Centre and is set to open in 2027, while the redeveloped Chinese and Japanese Gardens are expected to be ready in 2024.
The largest of the skate pods in Lakeside Garden is the Plaza Pod, which measures more than 900 square metres and is sheltered for all-weather use.
Based on feedback from riders, the park was designed with wider footpaths, and each of the pods has a small shelter for shade.
NParks also put up skate park etiquette boards with conditions of use, such as the requirement for safety equipment.
The boards also include recommendations for users. At the Mini Bowl Pod – which is meant for beginners and those at the intermediate level – the board advises riders to start at the mini ramp area first.
Meanwhile, the board at the Big Bowl Pod says skaters should first be confident in the Mini Bowl Pod.
The skate park also has a pump track, a parkour area and a bouldering wall.
The 280 metre-long pump track is two metres wide, with humps for skateboarders or BMX bicycle riders to practise on.
Parkour enthusiasts can hang from bars, scale walls and jump off platforms in the 334 square metre section of the park.