Friday night roller skating, lessons offered | Community News

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will be offering roller skating on Friday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility on September 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The snack bar will be open and various snacks will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink is permitted.

Participants must bring their own roller skates or rollerblades. Wearing a helmet is mandatory for all and protections are recommended.

The daily fee is $3 for Brattleboro resident students, $4 for resident adults and non-resident students, and $5 for non-resident adults.

Ruth Shafer will also be offering roller skating and quad lessons for adults and youth prior to roller skating and inline skating time. The fee for four days of instruction (September 9, 16, 23 and 30) for residents is $35 and the fee for non-residents is $50.

The program will teach the basics of standing up, stopping and starting safely, then progressing to confident forward and backward skating. Shafer is a local artist who grew up ice skating at the Brattleboro Rink. She learned to roller skate during the pandemic and can’t stop convincing people to try it.

Youth classes will be for ages 5 to 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This class is for skates and quads only, and the class maximum is six participants. Helmets are mandatory and pads are recommended.

Adult classes will be for ages 16 and up from 6-6:30 p.m. This class is for skates and quads only, and the class maximum is eight participants. Helmets are mandatory and pads are recommended.

Participants who intend to stay for public skating time will still be required to pay the admission fee. Skate rental is not currently available.

For more information about the event, visit www.brattleboro.org.

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