Roller skating is kind of a time again – you can thank the 40s for that. To keep enjoying the good weather, take a look at these outdoor rinks and open spaces in San Diego to do your skate sessions. Dust off your four wheels, it’s time to get out!
Derby United Headquarters
When stay-at-home orders hit just a week after Derby United opened their outdoor ice rink for competitions, they came up with a back-up plan to stay afloat. Now anyone interested in learning to skate can use the derby rink and tutorials. Whether you’re a beginner or enjoying a favorite hobby from your childhood, the outdoor rink is a welcoming and safe place to put on your skates and practice your footwork. Biosecurity measures are in place, so be prepared to bring your own gear and mask.
6060 Federal Boulevard, Encanto
Right behind the Pinot paddle you’ll find an open concrete space that many have claimed to practice their roller skating skills. On some weekend nights, you can even see DJs playing fun beats to groove on. Grab your friends (and your mask) to join the party!
2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station
Park with sunset view
This Chula Vista park has a large hockey rink where you can take your skates. Beginners can check out meetings held at the rink by local skate organizations, whose lessons teach you the basics and some fun moves. But the ice rink is open to everyone, for those who want to go at their own pace.
1390 South Greensview Drive, Chula Vista
Viejas factory center
Open until October 30, the Viejas outdoor rink, the largest in Southern California, offers plenty of space for skating. The rink is open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and offers daily rates that include a rental pair of skates, as well as seasonal passes. Want to beat the heat? The ice rink is equipped with misters to keep you cool while you show off your moves.
5003 Willows Road, Alpine