Singapore’s largest outdoor skate park opens at Lakeside Garden; includes a parkour park

The newly opened section also houses the first pet-friendly Starbucks outlet in Singapore.

Farhana Subuhan

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Published: 1 April 2023, 11:52 AM

Visitors to Lakeside Garden can now access the newly completed northern section that boasts the biggest outdoor skatepark and other recreational areas for youth. The garden is one of the three within the 90ha Jurong Lake Gardens.

The northern section, located adjacent to Lakeside MRT station, features five zones: Lakeside Plaza, Lakeside House, Rainforest Pavillion, Lakeside Green and SkatePark @ Lakeside Garden.

SkatePark @ Lakeside Garden, the biggest outdoor skatepark in Singapore, spans nearly 17,000m². It features five skate pods –  Learn to Skate Pod, Skate Drain Pod, Mini Bowl Pod, Big Bowl Pod and Plaza Pod – to cater to skaters of varying skill levels.

The Learn to Skate Pod, designed for beginners, will feature gentle inclines and mini ramps while the Mini Bowl Pod caters to intermediate skaters to practise drop-ins. Advanced skaters who are looking to challenge themselves or train for competitions can use the Big Bowl Pod that is between 1.8m and 2.5m deep.


The Learn to Skate Pod (left) and the Mini Bowl Pod (right). PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD


Designed with obstacles such as quarter pipes, ledges and ramps, the Plaza Pod can also host skateboarding events at the dedicated event area which has a capacity of over 300 people.


Solar panels are installed on the roof of the Plaza Pod for lower energy consumption. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FARHANA SUBUHAN


Parkour enthusiasts can look forward to a 334m² Parkour Park that has bars, walls and platforms of varying heights at SkatePark @ Lakeside Garden. Next to the Parkour Park is a 90-degree bouldering wall with climbing holds.


The bouldering wall measures 3m in height and 9m in length. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD


The National Parks Board (NParks) said that these features are a “culmination of the feedback received from engagements with various sport interest groups”, including skateboarders, in-line skaters, BMX riders and parkour enthusiasts.

To help create a multi-tiered forest canopy, SkatePark @ Lakeside Garden is also surrounded by specially selected trees of varying heights that are native to Singapore and the region. Some of these trees include the Island Lychee, Mantimagas, Cutnut and the Trumpet Tree.

Additionally, visitors can have a slice of Osaka with the pink flowering trees that are planted along the pathways throughout Lakeside Garden.


Visitors can spot the Pink Mempat, a tree native to Singapore at the Lakeside Garden. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FARHANA SUBUHAN


Vegetation detention ponds have been developed around SkatePark @ Lakeside Garden to collect run-off from the skatepark and its surrounding areas. The water harvested will then be used to irrigate the northern section of Lakeside Garden, allowing it to conserve more water.

Those looking to grab a drink with their pet dogs and cats can also do so at the first pet-friendly Starbucks outlet in Singapore. The outlet, located at Lakeside Garden, is also designed as a sustainability-focused store to reduce environmental impact.


The Starbucks outlet aims to contribute towards a sustainable future with its sustainable practices. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD


The Board added that the opening of the northern section marks the completion of Lakeside Garden’s development.

It also shared that the public can look forward to the completion of the 27ha Chinese and Japanese Gardens in 2024.

The Garden Promenade will also be developed in tandem with the new Science Centre development and is slated to open around 2027.

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