1/20/2011Posted by LCS
Here are some photos of the new Yishun skatepark that is under construction. The park is located at block 832 Yishun street 81 and is part of a redevelopment project. Along with a skatepark, a fitness corner and petanque court are being built. The Street Soccer court is also being redeveloped and a junior practice court (skating) is being added. The project was commissioned by Yishun -Yio Chu Kang Town Council
It's great to see more land has been allocated for this skatepark compared to the recently completed Woodlands skatepark. Also note the ramps are built by Rhino-Ramps and imported by Playpoint. These are the same ramps as Queenstown skatepark.
Look at all those transitions (quarter pipes & banks). Perhaps a little too many. According to the Active Park skatepark blueprints there are only 3 grinding obstacles and around 10 transition obstacles. This is definitely a miss match if you ask us! There is a flat ground rail, one curb and a funbox rail (flat down).
This pyramid is in a completely wrong position! We know a lot of you have already been complaining about this obstacle on Facebook and we completely agree with you. There doesn't appear to be any good angle to approach it and we think it might have been better off purchasing more curbs instead of this.
More transitions....With the majority of skateboarders in Singapore and the world identifying themselves as “street skateboarders” skateparks should be designed after real street environments. This means less transition and more curbs, and rails. It would also be nice to see a manual pad. Unfortunately, this skatepark like most in Singapore wasn't designed to duplicate the real street setting that skateboarders love.
This funbox will have a rail added to the center. We presume this will be one of the more utilized obstacles but unfortunately, the designer has positioned the quarter pipes and banks incorrectly.The larger quarter pipe needed to gain speed and momentum to approach the funbox has been positioned in a far away corner. Therefore, there is no run up from either side to approach this obstacle with sufficient speed. Either side of the funbox is the pyramid and a bank. Have a look at the second picture above and see what we mean!
Here is a good angle showing the almost "un-skateable" pyramid and the funbox with no quarter pipe to gain speed. This park also really needs 2 grind box's minimum.
The Yishun -Yio Chu Kang Town Council and Playpoint have not consulted any local skateboarders in the design, layout and choice of the ramps. As a result what could have been an amazing facility has now become a poor representation of what skateboarders in Singapore want and need.
In the future an effort should be made to create a dialogue between users of these skateparks, the town councils and builders. With local skateboarder input and involvement when building or renovating heartland skateparks these citizens will develop a sense of ownership and pride. Furthremore, when town councils provide the "correct" facilities it helps the youth feel that the community is addressing their needs and helps them feel more connected and encourages good citizenship.
Photos by Lion City Skaters: Sha Capaldi & Janiel Irishzan