Do you ever find yourself in a fun funk? Do you want to introduce your kids to an activity that's fun, safe, affordable, and easily accessed right here in Roseville? Well, fortunately for you, Roller King remains a significant part of Roseville's family-friendly landscape. Roller skating is described as fun that you can feel. For those of us who were teens in the 1970s through 1990s, being dropped off by parents to skate the evening away was a rite of passage.
Many roller rinks closed, and speculation was that roller skating on quad skates-the classic four wheelers-would become a thing of the past. True, as time glided by, roller rinks were replaced with video arcades and movie theaters. But not for fans of the sport in Roseville! Roller skating at Roller King has remained a family-friendly, fun activity that's stood the test of time. What makes this place so special? Read on to learn all about this Roseville treasure.
Rolling Through Time
As with any topic, the route to genuine appreciation is often forged with historical context. Such is the case with roller skating. Historians credit a man named John Joseph Merlin for the invention of the skate in or around 1740. While not exactly the same as the quad style seen at Roller King, it was the first time "rolling footwear" was debuted.
Merlin's roller skate was an inline style, and after an unfortunate incident of "Merlin Vs. Mirrors", the first roller skate wasn't a smash hit. But like anything new to the public scene, other inventors soon built on Merlin's skates. In 1819, a Frenchman patented a three-wheeled roller skate design; in 1823, a London inventor came up with a five-wheel design, but more wheels didn't result in more popularity. It wasn't until a man from New York City, James Plimpton, came up with the four-wheel design we see today that rollers skates hit their stride. Today we call them quad skates.
The new design eliminated problems like being unable to turn, staying balanced, and handling struggles. Quad sakes maneuvered like a dream without the nightmare of accidents. This skate was so successful that New York City allowed Plimpton to open the first indoor skating rink inside his existing furniture store. The 1880s became the boom period of this sport and industry, thanks to Plimpton. Not only were skates produced by the thousands every week, but roller-skating rinks also popped up outside of New York City.
By 1940, it's said that almost every household in the United States contained at least one pair of roller skates. Roller skates were not just used for recreation but also for transportation. And so, the story rolls on with various designs arriving on the scene, including inline and roller blade designs. For those that may not know this, October was declared National Roller-Skating Month but President Ronald Reagan in 1980.
There's no doubt that roller skating will never be as popular as it was in the height of its glory years, a.k.a. the 1960s through 1990s. But roller skating hasn't been sidelined either. Many people still enjoy skating as a form of exercise, and thanks to the 1980s being the new 1950s, retro fashion fixation includes roller skating. If you need proof of that, spend some time in one of Roseville's jewels-Roller King. One of the things that makes Roller King such a gem is that it's always been family owned and operated. Since 1977, this indoor roller-skating rink has provided the region with a place for individuals to have fun and for groups to gather and celebrate. But that's not all that's valuable about Roller King. It's also a massive supporter of the Roseville community. It works with groups to host fundraising events, provides a venue for P.E. classes, offers birthday parties, and hosts dances and adult nights. Roller King offers S.T.E.M. field trips (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). At Roller King, students learn everything from the science of roller skating to the formulary relationship between math and roller skating.
Roller King has not only done a great job of staying true to its core mission of being a valuable contributor to the community, but it has also done so by keeping up with the times. In fact, Roller King is home to the Roseville Artistic Skate Club, which has produced skaters from local to world-level champions who cut their skating eye teeth at Roller King! But you don't have to be a competitor or be part of a party event to have fun at Roller King. If you want to enjoy great music while skating under 14 L.E.D. disco balls, there are public skating hours every afternoon and night skating, Friday through Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. If you love it and want to up your skating game, there are skating lessons offered for all ages. Roller King is also a great place to host a party or hold a corporate team-building event. Once you walk through the doors of Roller King, all the makings for a fun time are there, including a delicious snack bar. There's so much that's great about Roller King; it's easy to see why Roller King has been unstoppable against the test of time.
Roseville Self Storage
Whether you choose to roller skate regularly or just once in a while, it's a fun activity with many health benefits. As your neighborhood self-storage facility, Roseville Self Storage encourages our valued customers to use an activity like roller skating as a reward after the process of moving from one home to another. We're committed to making your moving experience as smooth and pleasant as possible and can make recommendations on the great activities, places to eat and shop in the Roseville community. We're honored to be a part of such a great community and are always on the lookout for new places to check out. Please come by our state of the art, self-storage facility to share what you love about Roseville. We hope to see you soon!
889 Riverside Ave
Roseville, CA 95678
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