For the past 23 years, skateboarders had been flaunting their supreme techniques at the little porch in front of Go Sports shop at Block 6C, Margaret Drive.
The miniature skateboarding park had attracted youths from all walks of life and it would be impossible not to notice an avid surfer performing the “freestyle” movement or “slash grind” tricks at the self-made ramps.
Skateboarding was unpopular initially. According to Mr. Eddie Goh, 58, the owner of Go Sports, surfers were treated as troublemakers and the patrolling police would “book” them every day because they were deemed to be rowdy and noisy.
The image of a skateboarder as a rebellious and non-conforming youth has faded in recent years. These surfers injected energy and enthusiasm into the ageing estate with their swift and delicate skills. Whenever a skateboarder roared past the concrete pavements along Margaret Drive, there would be stares and cheers from the amused crowd. Skateboarding had evolved into a subculture within the Queenstown community.
Every surfer was extremely disappointed to know that their favourite “haunting” ground had closed in mid-February 2011. A skateboarding competition was held on 30 January as a final hurrah. A fortnight later, the ramps were removed and the porch was emptied. Some of them had gone to the skate park at Alexandra Canal Linear Park while the rest had decided to stop skating temporarily.
Muhd Farhan, 19, had frequented the miniature skateboarding park in the past 2 years. He commented, “Mr. Goh is a very friendly and generous person. I don’t think there is another place as cozy as Go Sports.”
Go Sports has since shifted to Jalan Tiong.