Mobile roller skating rink is coming to Cincinnati
3CDC says skating isn’t just for Fountain Square in the winter anymore. Cincinnati gets a mobile ice rink.
3CDC says the nearly 10,000 square foot rink can be assembled in a slew of locations around the city’s urban core. The development group signed a three-year contract with Frisch’s to sponsor it.
The mobile rink comes with 150 pairs of skates for rent at five dollars each. Admission is $2 and you can bring your own skates.
The first pop-up location is planned for the new Court Street Plaza Memorial Day weekend.
Fun Facts About Roller Skating
According to Mental Flossthe Belgian John Joseph Merlin invented roller skates with metal wheels (although the concept already existed) and launched them at a party in London in 1760. However, it was not until the 1860s that they have become more agile.
“James Plimpton’s four-wheeled skate used elastic carriages called trucks that allowed the skater to turn by leaning in the direction of travel,” the magazine reports.
Roller sports began to gain popularity during the latter part of the 19th century, according to British.
“The first recorded game of roller hockey took place in London in 1878. Roller speed skating events began in the 1890s and were popular throughout the first quarter of the 20th century,” explains the encyclopedia. “Dancing and figure skating on roller skates were introduced. in 1910 and 1923, respectively.”
And who can forget roller derby? The sport got its start in the 1930s in Chicago. Cincinnati’s own roller derby team, the Cincinnati Rollergirls, was founded in 2005.