Rolla Skate Club
Rolla Skate Club to opens its doors at the PNE’s Rollerland building
Since the start of Rolla Skate Club almost three years ago, finding a venue to host their in-person classes turned out to be a ride. From having classes at parking lots, tiny yoga studios, and art galleries, to settling in the late Skate Church at Kerrisdale, Rolla has been everywhere.
So after many years of looking for a permanent home for Rolla Skate Club, co-founders Carla and Lucy have finally found their long held dream place; a 20,000 sq/ft space to host all of Rolla’s magic at the Rollerland building at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).
With the new space, Rolla Skate Club will be able to host classes, events, Short Track Roller Derby games, and even a mini indoor skate park.
In the last year and half the COVID pandemic brought many hits and changes for folks at Rolla. So being able to finally get a big win after many, many lows has brought a lot of happy tears for the Rolla team.
“It’s been a long time in this community that we have been working under one umbrella or another to find a permanent home for roller skating in this city,” says Carla. Having found a space for roller skating not only means a big win for Rolla Skate Club, but also for the growing roller skating community in Vancouver.
“It’s so important to have a place that anyone can go to be active and build strength without judgement, that is also fun and indoors in Vancouver! Especially in the winter I struggle with being active as we all know how gloomy it gets 😉 so having a place that isn’t the gym where I feel connected to a community is so beneficial to my (and many others) well being!” – Margaret Gravesdale, RSC Customer
The history of Rollerland at the PNE has shifted a lot, from formerly being the Pure Foods Building in 1931 to becoming the Rollerland building to host the growing roller skating community at the time. So for the team at Rolla to be able to settle in a space that has a history of roller skating has also made it more special to bring the skating groove and community back to it.
The grand opening of the new and improved Rolla Skate Club home at Rollerland at the PNE will take place on Saturday, December 4th.
If you wish to join the team at Rolla Skate Club to celebrate their new home at the opening and roll the night away, click the button below for tickets.