Lake Macquarie City Council has teamed up with the 80s Skaties to celebrate the rollerskating group’s 5th anniversary.
The group, which meets weekly in front of the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima, will celebrate their birthday, which they’re calling Rollertopia, with a roll-out from Warners Bay to Speers Point Park, followed by an 80s-themed fancy dress disco featuring food trucks and a DJ playing on the MAP mima stage.
What began as a modest gathering of friends looking for rollerskating fun has transformed into a weekly tradition for dozens, if not hundreds, of people known as the 80s Skaties.
“Our mission is to keep growing the essence of our common passion of rollerskating, with a community of love and respect for all ages, cultures, races and genders,” 80s Skaties spokeswoman Lesa Rusforth said.
“The benefits are countless, and it is very addictive.”
Over the past year, attendance at the Friday night skating sessions in Speers Point Park has doubled, leading organizers to collaborate with Chuffed Skates to create a loan bank of equipment.
This equipment bank includes skates, pads, helmets, and frames for beginners who want to try out the sport before investing in their gear.
Rollertopia, the 80s Skaties 5th anniversary event is happening this Friday, 3 November from 5:3pm. Visit arts.lakemac.com.au for more information.