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Release Date: June 7,2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces the Return of Roller Skating Events to Cascade Plaza

June 7, 2022, Akron, Ohio — Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) will host roller skating events on Cascade Plaza as part of Summer on the Plaza, DAP’s free fitness and recreation programming offered to all from now through September.

These skating events will be held over five weekends in June, July, and August, and will be broken into two distinctive categories: Phuture Boogie Skate Nights with professional DJs Forrest “Getumgump” Webb and Darrell Stout, featuring decade-related themes; and Family Skate Nights, where families can come for a movie-themed skate on Cascade Plaza before heading to Lock 3 for Family Movie Night.

Phuture Boogie Skate events were created by Webb, Stout, and Andre Leone to capture the feeling of popular Soul Skate events in other communities. DAP has added a twist to the Phuture Boogie Skate parties with decade-related theme nights, in which visitors are encouraged to dress in their flashiest 70s, 80s, 90s, or 2000s gear.

DAP Director of Engagement and Events Elizabeth Flanagan says, “The skating events are a great way to spend summer evenings with friends and family. The fun atmosphere created on the plaza accompanied by great food, drinks, and music won’t let anyone down if they’re looking for something fun to do downtown.”

Phuture Boogie Skate Nights are scheduled for Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Family Skate Nights are scheduled for Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Skates will be available to rent for $2/pair, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from The Shed. All are welcome to attend—even those who are not interested in skating, as there will be a dance party on the interior of the “rink.”

Phuture Boogie Skate Nights on the Plaza

  • June 11 – 90s Skate Night
  • June 25 – 70s Disco Skate Night
  • July 15 – Back to the 80s Skate Night
  • July 30 – 2000s Party Skate Night
  • August 13 – TikTok Challenge Skate Night

Family Skate Nights on the Plaza and Movie Night at Lock 3

  • June 12 – Rock Dog 2
  • June 26 – Incredibles 2
  • July 17 – Zootopia
  • July 31 – Mitchell’s vs Machines
  • August 14 – Lilo & Stitch

Support for summer programming is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and additional support for arts and culture performers is provide by Ohio Arts Council.

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Free Rides with METRO RTA

METRO is celebrating summer with fare-free weekends every Saturday and Sunday in June, July, and August.

Free rides apply on all METRO fixed-routes and ADA services. Refunds or credits will not be issued for tickets and passes previously activated or purchased.

Free rides include valid, pre-scheduled ADA Complementary Paratransit trips.

About Downtown Akron Partnership

The mission of Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is to promote and build a vibrant and valuable downtown. DAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life to the heart of Akron. Through strategic marketing, clean and safe programs and management of downtown's resources, DAP works to promote downtown as a gathering place in the center of our community.

DAP's members include property owners, business leaders and government officials who want to improve the image of downtown as a safe, convenient location for businesses, working professionals and families. DAP is governed by a board of trustees as diverse as the interests of our city. DAP receives general operating support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, and GAR Foundation.

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