How popular is parkour in Singapore?
As of 2018, parkour is not very popular in Singapore yet. Currently, the Parkour Singapore community has about 2,400 to 3,000 people, and that is just a tiny fraction of Singapore’s population.
The discipline itself is still widely misunderstood (See: 5 untrue parkour myths you should stop believing right now) by the public to be a dangerous and reckless sport, although the media and various institutions have been taking steps to present it in a more accurate and positive manner.
The academy I’m attending parkour classes at, MOVE Academy Singapore, has even attracted senior citizens to start learning parkour. I guess it’s just a matter of time before it gains wider acceptance, and becomes popular and mainstream.
Public places that are parkour-friendly in Singapore
What’s the best thing about parkour? You can actually practise it anywhere, as long as you are not breaking the law or causing inconvenience to others. Singapore, being a highly urbanised city state, is highly parkour-friendly. In fact, you can practise parkour at places with railings, playgrounds, fitness corners, HDB neighbourhoods, or parks.
Here are some of the places many practitioners love to practise at:
- U Ramp near Clarke Quay Central – This is the underpass exit facing Clarke Quay Central. Best time to visit is in the morning when it’s not so crowded.
- Blk 204 Bishan Street 23– There’s an open air auditorium, playground and fitness corner.
- Bedok Maze – Practitioners love this place.
- Clementi Sports Hall – There’s a wall right behind the building that’s great for wall runs and wall dismounts.
- Blk 2 Holland Ave– There’s an open air auditorium, lots of railings, walls, playground and fitness corner.
- And many, many more
Interested to try parkour or curious to find out more? Feel free to direct message me on Instagram. I’ll be happy to help! 🙂