The new $8 million Xtreme SkatePark @ East Coast will be launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today on 29 August 2009. To mark the occasion, the skate park will be hosting the inaugural Singapore Extreme Championship 2009 on 29 and 30 August. Close to 80 participants will compete in the Championship in Aggressive In-line Skating, BMX Freestyling and Skateboarding. It is the first time such an extreme sports competition is held in Singapore.
The entire SkatePark @ East Coast occupies an area of 1.4 ha, or about the size of about 2.5 football fields, and it comprises a combo bowl, a vertical bowl and a streetcourse covering 0.4 ha. It caters to both beginners and professionals, who will be able to enjoy a variety of features that suit their skill levels.
The facility is located near Car Park F1, which is also known as the ‘energy’ zone of East Coast Park. This zone also hosts other extreme sports facilities such as cable skiing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, inline skating and cycling. With the addition of the skate park, the zone is further established as a popular sports cluster for those who love the sun, sea and sports.
It is catered to both beginners and professionals, who will be able to find features that suit their skill levels:
Xtreme SkatePark Streetcourse – The Streetcourse caters to all riders. It provides elements for both intermediate and advanced skaters and bikers. The Streetcourse consists of a mix of street obstacles, including stairs, handrails, ledges and gaps to enable progression from lower level ramps to more advanced areas.
Xtreme SkatePark Combo Bowl – The Combo Bowl section is an intermediate to advanced level bowl with different depths, hips, corners, a spine, sub box and bank wall. The layout enables riders to travel continuously around the sections of the bowl and transfer from one area to another.
Xtreme SkatePark Vertical Bowl - The 3.6-metre Vertical Bowl area is for advanced skaters/bikers and consists of a channel with different corners. This is a challenging bowl that will ensure progression for skate park users to enable them to enter competitions.
Other exciting fringe activities that spectators can look forward to include the Skate, Blade and Ride clinics, an ‘NParks Beach Volleyball Tournament’ taking place at the beach area in front of the SkatePark, and also an Extreme Dance Showdown and Extreme Dance Party on the night of 29th August.
There is no charge for entry to the activities. For those who are unable to attend the two-day tournament, the Singapore Extreme Championship 2009 will be broadcasted on ESPN on 17 October 2009 at 7pm.
The skate park is opened to the public from 7.30 am to 10 pm daily unless there is a hosted event.