After Buncombe County lost its only roller rink around 2016, it looked like the sport was all but over. But that has changed dramatically over the past few years, with Asheville (and the rest of the country) now seeing a Major resurgence of roller skating.
And while Asheville still doesn’t have an official indoor rink – for the moment – there is a lot of parks + greenways in the city which are great for taking a ride or trying out new tricks. Check them out below. ð
- Carrier Park Velodrome, 220 Amboy Road. | Nicknamed the “MellowDrome”, this song (which once housed the highway) features soft, smooth and steeply inclined oval tracks with straight lines and 180 degree circular bends.
- Foundation skatepark, 47 Foundy Street | A common spot where skaters of all stripes come to train + master new tricks.
- Skatepark Asheville, 50 Cherry Street North | This unique 17,000 square foot facility includes a beginner bowl, an intermediate street course + an advanced vertical bowl.
- French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive | Take a tour of this waterfront park + log on to West French Broad River Greenway for a longer trip.
- Weavers Park, 200, avenue Murdock | This small but fun Â¼ mile loop circles playgrounds, baseball diamonds and basketball courts.
- RAD skatepark, 37, rue Foundy | $ 10 + for non-members | This indoor skate park is perfect for a rainy day.
Want to connect with the biggest roller skating community? Meet Asheville Roller Skate, which hosts “Skateville”, a weekly skate jam meeting for skaters of all skill levels that takes place on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.