Tag Archives: skating


11 Jun

Skateland’s manager Natalie Dunn Fries and longtime skater Julie share why you should come to Bakersfield Skateland.


The Diamond Divas bring roller derby to Bakersfield

10 Jun

The Diamond Divas practice for their next roller derby bout.

When the weather gets warm grab a jacket and some skates

17 May

The San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center of Bakersfield is a great break from the heat. While the temperature in Bakersfield climbs closer and closer to triple digits people begin to fantasize about the winter. Going for a few hours of skating can transport the average person from 102 degree heat to a frigid wonderland.

Located on 1325 Q street, next to the Maya Cinemas and McMurtrey Aquatic Center, the ice rink is large and can easily have over 100 skaters on it at once.

The cost of admittance for adults is $8.00. Children and senior citizen receive a discount. If you don’t have a pair of ice skates the Ice Center rents pairs of skates, in figure skating and hockey varieties, for $3.00 a pair.

Skating can be a daunting task for the uninitiated though. However, the staff at the Ice Center are willing to walk beginners through everything from lacing skates to how to safely pick oneself up of the ground in case of a fall. Attendees can also check-out an “ice walker” if they need more stability.

A word of warning though – the place is cold. A jackets, warm pants or leggings, gloves and thick socks are a necessity when going skating. There aren’t many feeling more shocking then slipping and collapsing knee first on sub 30 degree ice while wearing shorts.


From the SJCH Facebook page.
A group of children watch while their instructor demonstrates hockey techniques.


Rollerama: enriches recreational experience…

16 May

What could rescue you from spending a boring weekend sitting on the couch watching TV, while the world out there revolves around the idea of “having fun”? One great way to break this monotonous cycle is to step into Rollerama West’s skating platform.  Rollerama West offers a great entertaining experience to Bakersfield’s residents as it opens its skate park to customers during public sessions, which are almost on every day basis. 

Generally, skating isn’t a most common hobby amongst people. In fact, in many instances, the stereotype that skaters are “destructive, and are a general hazard to society”, has been brought up by a substantial number of individuals.  Furthermore, these individuals believe that “every skater also wears tight pants, smokes, has wee on them at all times, and is also out to destroy everything they see” (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=skater+stereotypes).  Nevertheless, the fact that Rollerama West makes the practice of this sport available to Bakersfield’s residents is a clear indication that this “skater negative stereotype” is erroneous. At Rollerama West, the experience of skating is taken to a higher level! 

By making Rollerama West your next entertaining destination, you will be embarking upon a valuable social interaction, and most importantly, a great learning experience.  Skating is an unusual sport, in which people are not only being physically active, but they are also stimulating their minds, releasing endorphins in their brain that ultimately improve their emotional well-being. 

So next time you are stuck at home, sitting on a couch watching TV, while inevitably dwelling on an opaque state of mind, you should consider playing in the field by heading to a more exciting and unusual adventure: the public skating park of Rollerama West located at 7850 Brimhall Road. 

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