Posted on June 30, 2015 by Jonathan Wong
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Night Skate Captain
Around thirty skaters attended the latest night skate, with children ranging from as young as six years old to adult of all ages.
For six year old James, and his elder sister, Clarice, aged twelve, this event was their first taste of skating at night. We also received some new friends from overseas, Mr Udo from Germany and Miss Claire from France joining us too.
This scenic route began from the Road Safety Park located at East Coast Park and meanders through some of the significant landmarks of Singapore, namely Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, The Singapore Flyer and The National Stadium.
It presented the opportunity for some of the participants to try out the newly opened link bridge which stands over Fort Road and links East Coast Park to the visitor centre at the Gardens by the Bay East via a Park Connector.
Fireworks display from the National Day parade rehearsal nearby stopped us in our tracks and fixed our gazes to the skies, coupled with the beautiful night scenery of the structures from the Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay South.
After crossing the dam and a brief stopover at Satay by the Bay, we made our way towards Marina Bay Sands and crossed The Helix Bridge to the Youth Olympic Park. Our target was the Singapore Flyer, where we had a longer break at the Singapore Food Trail which featured an array of local delicacies.
Our journey resumed after the break as we continued along Republic Boulevard towards Nicoll Highway. It was not an easy path for the participants, as they had to deal with the uneven concrete slabs on the pavement which spanned across the entire highway.
Things got better upon our arrival at the National Stadium where the paths were smoother. It was always a breathtaking experience to stand next to the iconic structure of the Sports Hub that played host to the latest SEA Games in Singapore.
We arrived at Tanjong Rhu Suspension foot bridge shortly after passing by the Water Sports Centre. We crossed the bridge and continued along Tanjong Rhu Promenade Park Connector. Skating here was especially tough with the rough surface finishing and it gave some of the skaters 'a good legs massage' instead.
This connector lead us back to Gardens by the Bay East again and we were able to return to East Coast park again via the connector we took earlier on.
We ended the night at the Big Splash. The journey was long but the scenery and cool breeze made it all worthwhile. For James, Clarice, Udo and Claire, it marked the beginning of the many night skate events in the future.