Flashback Friday: See me rollin (or skatin)

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

Is there anything more invigorating in life than feeling the wind through your hair? For Canberra community skating enthusiasts, the answer is surely no!

Since 2011 In the City Canberra (ITCC) has thrown their support behind the professional and novice skating community by providing them with a means to show off their talents or hone their abilities – on and off the ice. Here are some of the highlights:

Skate in the City 2011-2015

Minister Andrew Barr launches the inaugural Skate in the City, much to the delight of Canberra’s mitten-clad community. The commitment to spending $190,000 to bring the event to life is a true indication of the value the local Government sees in investing in local events and activities for the Canberra community.

In 2012 additions are made to include a lounge area for VIPs and birthday celebrations, before the addition of a snow box for kids in 2014 and fully-fledged snow dome in 2015. Perhaps the most significant improvement was the introduction of ‘Cultural Sundays’, with themed skating, food and activities over a four-week period. The event celebrated countries and involved embassies of Scandinavia, Germany, Canada, USA, India and Austria.

Roller-Skate in the City 2012

Just because there’s no snow, doesn’t mean you can’t skate! This variation of the popular annual ice-skating fixture proved a hit with those preferring dry-land, or who simply can’t skate enough. During the notoriously quieter month of January/February over 5000 people attended this twist on a traditional fave.

Winter Festival In the City 2016

A whopping 23,000 skaters flocked to Garema Place for this iteration of the former Skate in the City. This years’ event also featured a toboggan terror ride and inflatable slide for those daring enough to try!

Skating at Garema 2017

Perhaps the most popular of all skating events, with a record 25,000 plus people donning skates to try their winter wonderland luck out on the ice. Thanks to the inclusion of a giant roof, skaters were protected from the elements while still being able to soak up some valuable Vitamin-D. The inclusion of a bigger-than-before toboggan ride and inflatable jumping castle sealed the deal for those look for a bit more variety.

While the snow may soon be gone, one thing we’re sure will remain is the Canberra community’s commitment to skating.