If your teen or tween is the outdoorsy, adrenaline-chasing sort, chances are they’ve been toting around a skateboard (or asking for one!). Don’t worry, they won’t have to go too far to find an ideal spot for learning tricks – Singapore has a number of well-equipped dedicated skate parks around the island. We sniffed out the best places to kick, flip and make new friends at.
Somerset Skate Park
1 Somerset Road
Located just outside of Somerset MRT, the grungy graffiti-covered skate park has a multitude of ramps, rails and tough obstacles that are enjoyed by local and expat adolescents alike. It’s a popular attraction for skaters from all corners of Singapore, thanks to its central location and bevy of shops, cafes and entertainment spots to head off to after.
East Coast Park, near carpark F1
As its name suggests, this skate park – the first to have popped up on the island – caters to all kinds of skill levels. Surrounded by East Coast’s lush greenery, it’s been built to international competitive standards and suits beginners as well as seasoned skaters and BMX bikers. The 1.4-hectare compound includes a street course, combo bowl and a vertical bowl for gravity-defying tricks and lightning-quick cruising.
Bishan Harmony Park Skate Park
Beside Block 102, Bishan Street 12
Equipped with all the essentials, this skate park in the heartlands boasts ramps, a large bowl and plenty of flat space – great for newbies to practice and more experienced skaters to conquer complex tricks. It’s also fairly easy to get to, being a stone’s throw from Bishan MRT.
Woodlands Drive 50
This modestly sized skate park located minutes away from Woodlands MRT has ramps and rails for showing off your gnarliest tricks. A good number of teens and younger amateur skateboarders flock here on evenings to mingle and practice manoeuvring.
Sports Hub Skate Park
1 Stadium Drive
Located near Gate 14 of the National Stadium, this skate park features a variety of basic obstacles – rails, a fun-box and mini quarter-pipes – that are suitable for both beginners and professionals to practice moves.
983 Buangkok Crescent
Situated within Buangkok Sports Park, this decently sized skate park has half- and quarter-pipes and rails for riding and showing off cool tricks. If you’re just starting out and need all the space you can get to practice, there’s a huge flat space in the middle, with the obstacles lining the sides of the park.
Chinese Gardens Lakeside Skatepark
1 Chinese Garden Road
With obstacles like a flat rail and a half-pipe, this small skate park located within the Chinese Gardens is perfect for beginners as well as those just looking for a place in the West to skate.