Amherstburg Ready To Rock And Roller Skate

Roller skating is coming soon to a Libro Centre near you!

Town administration agreed Monday night to give it a test spin, following in the retro skate strides of other municipalities including Essex, Lakeshore, Leamington and Windsor.

A resident requested I bring the concept to council and I was happy to oblige. A recurring refrain on the campaign trail was that we need more things in town for teens. Will roller skating fit the bill? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely worth a whirl.

An old school black roller skate with red wheelsI spent many an afternoon and early evening at Roller Gardens in Burlington when I was a kid and CAO John Miceli told council he used to rip it up at Wheels back in the day.

He said the town is always looking at different programming options for the Libro and will pick a night to try it out and promote it on the town’s social media channels.

Would you prefer the event be held on a Friday or a Saturday night? Shoot me an email at dmcarthur@amherstburg.ca and I'll let the town know. Who knows? If the inaugural night is a smash, it could lead to additional nights. 

Essex brought roller skating to the Essex Centre Sports Complex last summer and it was so successful the town brought it back for another season. It started up last week and runs every Wednesday until August 14 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per person and $10.50 per family.Four teens sitting down tying up their inline skates

The Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore is hosting Roller Skating on the Rock Rink on Fridays and Saturdays from June 7th through to July 27th. Teens and families can strap on the skates Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it’s 18 and over on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $2.25 per skater.

Roller Skating is back at the WFCU Centre this season as well, from May 14 through to August 3, on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 .m. The cost is $3.50 for adults and $3 for seniors.

And Leamington is going old-school on Thursday, June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. There is talk of Disco balls and Jordache jeans in a Facebook post promoting the event.

I'm happy the town was so willing to give this a try and I hope residents vote with their feet and make full use of the Libro Centre in the summer months.

A line of inline skates

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  • Donald McArthur
    commented 2019-06-05 22:30:36 -0500
    Thanks for your comments! The Town is going to offer Roller Skating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays at the Libro Centre from June 15 through to the end of July. There are no skate rentals at this time.
  • Martine Fortin
    commented 2019-06-05 20:54:29 -0500
    Great ! It would be awesome to have at least a morning or after noon for senior. I am willing to help to mentor the program. Let me know
  • Laurie Gibb
    commented 2019-06-05 18:05:05 -0500
    Can’t wait!!!!!sounds like a great idea. Retro night would be ideal!!
  • Betsy Smith
    commented 2019-05-31 12:00:16 -0500
    This would be great I loved roller skating at wheels every Thursday night . My skates still fit
  • Maria Stojkovic-Argoselo
    commented 2019-05-30 11:30:31 -0500
    Will roller skates be provided? The odds of people owning some are going to be slim….
  • Missy Meloche-Bergeron
    commented 2019-05-30 07:15:36 -0500
    Love it! I’ve been talking about this with everyone I know since hearing about Essex bringing roller skating back. I’m so excited. Hope roller skates will be provided. Awesome news.

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