Saturday Night Skate 28 August 2010 - Mystery Nightskate, Bishan Park to Esplanade

Posted on August 27, 2010 by Edmund Vong

Report by Jon Wong

SNS Captain

 

Fine weather greeted us throughout the day on the Saturday evening on 28 August, where we embarked on our 2nd Mystery Nightskate of the year. About 40 skaters gathered at the skating rink at Bishan Park, a relatively small turn-out, probably due to the Lunar Hungry Ghost Festival stigma. Suspense was in the air, as the route remained anonymous as skaters arrived.

The participants beared witness a simple ceremony where one of our Skate Assist Volunteer, Mr Ong Chong Boon was presented with a voucher as reward for his emmense contributions to the Nightskating activity. Mr Ong, a father of two, has committed himself for marshalling duty for every Night Skating activity since the start of the year, and has been a strong and effective Rear Scout, staying at the back of the pack and ensuring that no one gets left behind.

 


SAV Chong Boon receiving his voucher

 

We started off from Bishan Park at 8pm sharp, travelling along the pavement at Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 instead, as majority of the park has been closed for upgrading works. Shortly after, we entered Kallang Park Connector and was having a smooth ride along Sungei Kallang, opposite the SMRT Depot.

Apart from a few minor roadworks along the connector network, the route was relatively easy. The main obstacles along the journey were the overhead bridges that we have to cross over Braddell Road, Pan Island Expressway and Bendemeer Road.

It took us about 2 hours to reach Republic Boulevard, and we had to skate on the side of the road, as the area was heavily cordoned off with concrete slabs and barricades for the upcoming Formula 1 race in September.

Before we proceeded to the Esplanade Park, we had a short break at the Singapore Flyer, for some photo moments too.

It was a great skate, with no casualties reported. And the night scenery from the Singapore Flyer to Marina Bay Sands and The Esplanade were magnificent to behold as we roll along.

 


Marina Bay Sands

 


Group Photo at the Cenotaph Memorial, Esplanade Park

 

It was even more satisfying for one of the participants, Lionel, who is a student from our Learn To Skate Programme, on his first ever urban skating attempt. And to complete the entire was an achievement for him to savour in many days to come. Quoted from him, 'I will definitely join the future Night Skate activities!'
 

Lionel, happy to complete the journey
 

Credits

Safety Vehicle
Zong Yang

Photos
Agnes Faussi
Chloe Chai
David Lim

SAVs
Seah Siew Ying
Ong Chong Boon
Eric Tan

Steven Chong

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