Saturday Night Skate 26 June 2010 - Park Connector Nightskate II, Buona Vista MRT to Bukit Batok MRT

Posted on June 26, 2010 by Edmund Vong

Report by Jon Wong
Instructor/SNS Leader


The month June was wrecked with bad weather, as reports of flash floods surfaced throughout the island. But our group of skaters were blessed with perfect weather as our nightskate commenced on a cool Saturday night on the 26th.

It was the 2nd Park connector trip of the year, which saw us skating from Buona Vista MRT Station to Bukit Batok MRT Station via the Ulu Pandan Park Connector (PCN).

Around 50 skating ethusiasts showed up for the event, both young and old. It was our pleasure to also have a corporate group of skaters who came from the same company, coming for their maiden attempt at urban skating, some of which are students from our Learn-To-Skate programme.


Colleagues on wheels


We proceeded to the nearby carpark for a short brief, before embarking on our journey. First obstacle to hit us was a steep slope littered with twigs and pebbles at the entry to the connector. The SAVs were on hand to assist skaters down and direct the public as well.


SAV lends a hand


From then on it was smooth sailing along the nice path beside the canal, until a traffic junction along Clementi Road where a few more skaters join in the fun.

Soon after we had to detour into Faber Crest estates, due to a railway track along the PCN that is impassable for skaters. The steep and long slope along Faber Drive proved to be one of the major challenges of the route, and we had to proceed down cautiously. It brought us out to Commonwealth Ave West and we travelled to our resting point - Macdonald's Restaurant at Tradehub 21.


Enjoying Macdonald's


After the short break, we were on the move again, returning into the connector shortly. The main challenge from there on was to avoid the scores of foreign workers that were sitting along the PCN. And our presence drew quite an attention from them.

The last highlight of the night was the crossing of the flyover that overlooks the Pan Island Expressway. The steep zigzag paths going up and down were quite a challenge, especially with its hairpin turns at every end.


At the foot of the flyover


That was the last hurdle, as the route from then on was relatively easy and relaxing, and it didn't take us long to arrive at our destination at Bukit Batok MRT.

It was a rewarding experience completing the journey, and more so for the amateur group of skaters that were with us. We were also pleased that there were no casualty reported, and all completed the nightskate safely.


Safety Van
Zong Yang

Skate Assist Volunteers
Chong Boon
Eric Tay
Siew Ying
Jing Yi
Hui Yi



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