Saturday Night Skate 27 March 2010 - Park Connector Nightskate I, East Coast Park to Downtown East

Posted on March 27, 2010 by Edmund Vong

Report by Jon Wong
Skateline Instructor


We were blessed with fine weather on the 27th, when we had our nightskate from East Coast Park to Downtown East in Pasir Ris along the Eastern Park Connectors (PCN). A whopping number of more than 70 skaters joined us on a route which spans across a map distance of more than 15km.

Many new faces joined our Nightskate for the first time, including 8 year old Erika, a student of our Learn-To-Skate programme. She was encouraged by her parents to participate.

Erika, 8


Another participant was Nicole, who came across our article in Lianhe Zaobao, a local press. She had tried skating in parks previoiusly, but urban skating was a new experience for her. 


Nicole with David, our Instructor


Our entourage promptly set off at 8pm, making our way towards Kembangan MRT Station via the Siglap PCN. The first obstacle we face was the overhead bridge over the East Coast Park Expressway. The steep slopes on the entry and exit were our main challenge.

Shortly after, we arrived on the connector behind Kembangan MRT Station and soon we reached the 2nd bridge over the Pan Island Express, with slopes similar to that of the former bridge.

That landed us in a  neighbourhood park in Bedok, and a mixture of uphill and downhill slopes and winding paths greeted us. Impressively, all the children was able to keep up with our pace, showing no signs of fatigue.

Midway through the park, we reached the 3rd bridge of the night, made up of steps. It brought us into Bedok Town Park. After a hundred metres, we transited to Bedok Reservoir Park PCN which connects to Tampines PCN directly. The paths there were smooth which was a real pleasure to skate on.

After crossing a few hunctions along the Tampines PCN and we reached a MRT track between Tampines and Pasir Ris. We passes by Tampines MRT Station and Tampines Mall. and by then the clock showed 10.30pm. Signs of fatigue were starting to show, but we were determined to complete remainder of the journey.

After skating through Pasir Ris Town Park, Downtown East was within our sight. Everyone were relieved to reach the destination, we worked hard to get there. We took a total time of 2hours and 50 minutes to complete the journey. And it was a proud moment for the first timers to complete such a long journey and with a big group of fellow skaters.


Tired but satisfied


We were also glad to report that there were no serious casualties. The children who completed the journey deserved much praise and credit for complete the entire journey, and their skills competency is a great testimonial for our Learn-To-Skate Programme.

Much tribute must be given to the SAVs on a night of sweat and toil, to ensure the safety of the skaters:

Jack, Timothy, Lay Suan, Chun Yang, Nicholas, Chong Boon, Leonard, Steven, Jason, Jing Yi, Hui Yi, Shun Git and Wai Him.

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