'Rollers' host outdoor skate party at Oaks Park
With both nonprofit organizations closed to the public, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Portland's own internationally-recognized flat-track Roller Derby team, the Rose City Rollers, hosted an outdoor "skating party" at the still-closed-for-the-time-being Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood on Sunday, August 9.
The team's headquarters and competition rink has been at "The Hanger" near the radio tower in Oaks Amusement Park, not far from the park's own historic roller rink – but the organization has not been able to host Roller Derby exhibitions due to state- and county-mandated closures of such venues.
"Today we've opened up our 'SkateMobile', here at the front gate of Oaks Amusement Park, for socially distanced sessions of safe skating," Rose City Rollers' Special Events Coordinator Jennifer Miller told THE BEE, while checking in the guests to one of their skating sessions.
Starting in the mid-morning, they offered three two-hour sessions to a maximum of 25 guests – all of whom followed the rules by signing up in advance.
"You can skate all over Oaks Park, including the parking lots, and in the midway around the rides," Miller enthused.
And so these folks did, enjoying a nice summer afternoon, on roller skates. It is one of many fundraisers the team is coming up with to help keep it going until the state allows the Roller Derby to resume. Another is a Drive-In Movie concept at the park; see the separate story in this issue of THE BEE.
And, to see these activities, check their website – www.rosecityrollers.com
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