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Rollerskate in the City launches

By johnboy 16 December 2011 18

roller soccer in garema place

Fleetwood Mac were blaring, a painted line marked out a skating area in Garema Place, roller soccer was being perpetrated, Andrew Barr was talking to a camera, yep it must be the launch of Roller Skate In The City.

andrew barr on camera

Canberra CBD have put out a media release with all the details.

Tickets are now on sale for the national capital’s first outdoor roller skate rink, in Garema Place for Roller Skate in the City.

Roller Skate in the City, an initiative by Canberra CBD Ltd, provides all ages with the opportunity to roller skate in the middle of the city, beginning on Friday 6 January.

Following the popularity of Skate in the City (the winter ice skating rink in Garema Place), with more than 19,000 people from across the country putting on skates, Canberrans and visitors are being encouraged to take part and enjoy this outdoor summer activity in the city.

Roller Skate in the City will also feature retro movie nights, including Xanadu, Roller Derby demonstrations and feature skate displays which will also be on show as part of the four-week summer initiative.

Locally-based companies, Vida Sparkling Vitamin Water and Chameleon Ice Creamery, will also be present on rink to refresh and rehydrate the summer roller skaters.

Tickets are available online or at the rink, but they advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

It will run to 6 February 2012.

skating in garema place

UPDATE: Andrew Barr has voiced his support for the concept.

And here’s some video of today’s roller based festivities:

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fromthecapital 11:02 am 19 Dec 11

I think a faux beach would be a bit of fun…

2.0 10:33 am 19 Dec 11

Up to $20 for a ticket? WTF? I might just put on my rollerblades and skate around other parts of Garema Place for free!!

molongloid 10:20 am 19 Dec 11

woppadingo said :

15 years after its heydey in the USA, rollerskating returns to the ACT.

EL Lamo

40 years surely?

Duffbowl 10:20 am 19 Dec 11

G-Fresh said :



woppadingo 10:12 am 19 Dec 11

15 years after its heydey in the USA, rollerskating returns to the ACT.

EL Lamo

peachykeen 6:24 pm 17 Dec 11

What’s all this talk about roller blading?? They’re all wearing quad skates thankyou very much. I’m really looking forward to it, regardless of those hating on it.

MellyG 1:52 pm 17 Dec 11

I bags gatecrashing it on skateboard. Whose with me? 🙂

Deref 9:26 am 17 Dec 11

How exciting! People roller skating! I’m so excited that I need to change my trousers!

Fliponout 10:47 pm 16 Dec 11

FAB but will i make the City alive … should be a lot of Fun cant waited..

bystander_effect 10:14 pm 16 Dec 11

Apparently it’s up to $20.50 per ticket for roller derby demo night. You can go and see real roller derby for less than that.

creative_canberran 6:41 pm 16 Dec 11

It’s basically window dressing. A photo op for pollies that won’t change the grimy underlying reality of the place.

Mumbucks 4:20 pm 16 Dec 11

perhaps that new childrens’ show on ten could do a special on rollerblades. But no hoses or capsicum spray or the like!

Stevian 3:37 pm 16 Dec 11

Exception said :

You know what the hardest part of roller-blading is? Telling your parents you’re gay.


Mang 3:04 pm 16 Dec 11

G-Fresh said :


mega lame

Exception 2:43 pm 16 Dec 11

You know what the hardest part of roller-blading is? Telling your parents you’re gay.

NoImRight 2:35 pm 16 Dec 11

Any chance this wil stop them running around all over the rest of the city centre?

Skidd Marx 2:31 pm 16 Dec 11

I’m assuming rollerblades are the social equivalent of geared bikes nowdays?

G-Fresh 2:01 pm 16 Dec 11


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