Lees, a mother of two young boys aged 9 and 6, went to seek out skate parks in KL for her elder son to practise his skateboarding skills. I tagged along, which was great fun!
Lees’ family had been feeling cooped up all these months due to the various levels of lockdowns imposed, and diving into a sport felt like just the right remedy. It all started during the MCO last year, when this outdoorsy family had to be home-bound for an extended period of time like everyone else.
Before long, boredom set in, and the boys started playing around with their dad’s skateboard that was lying around in the house. It was ‘love at first ride’ for Sam! And he couldn’t get enough of it, so much so that their neighbours started to complain about the noise generated from his daily practices. So as soon as the MCO was lifted, mama Lees set out in search of suitable places for her son to freely indulge in his new-found passion.
Here are mama Lees and son’s top three favourite places to skateboard.
1. Bukit Jalil Stadium Skate Park
This is one of the most popular skate parks for skateboarding enthusiasts, due to its location and accessibility. If you drive there, use the directions in Waze to the Pusat Akuatik Nasional (the National Aquatic Centre). You will see a big parking area beside the Axiata Arena building, where a few restaurants are as well. Walk towards the LRT station after you have parked your car and you will see the skate park.
Taking the LRT is actually easiest. Once you come down from the station, just walk to the Square and you will see the stadium, the skate park and a playground after you walk up the staircase. The skate park has two large compounds for skateboarders to practise their skills in jumping and flipping. It is currently open on weekends only, but do check online here for updates.
2. Shah Alam Extreme Park
Shah Alam Extreme Park is next to the Shah Alam stadium – it is very easy accessible from the highway. There are shady trees surrounding it, where you can sit and read or have a picnic with the family. The parking area has some fast-food restaurants, but it is more fun to pack our own food from home and have a picnic instead. Tip: bring your own foldable chairs for your picnic and go during weekdays around noon time if you can, to avoid the crowds.
The park is open from Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-8pm. More info here. You can also contact them on 012 287 8787. Address: Jalan Lompat Pagar 13/37, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, Selangor.
3. Putrajaya Challenge Park
This skate park is probably the largest of them all, as it is equipped with lots of bowls and banks for skateboarders to skate to their hearts’ content! It is indeed a great place to go for the residents there. Unfortunately for non-Putrajaya residents, we will have to wait until the borders are declared open by the authorities, as Putrajaya is still a no-go zone for KL-ites and Selangorians. Have a look here at their FB page for more info.
The park is open on Monday and Tuesday Thursday till Saturday from 10am-8pm, and on Wednesday, Friday till Sunday from 10am-10pm. You can contact them on 03 8887 7000. Address: Jalan P5, Presint 5, Putrajaya.