The sun sets over Central Park, where several roller skaters gather after almost one year stuck at home due to COVID-19. After a few weeks of preparation, the Skating Mamas of SCV are ready for some fun with their new hobby.
Dawn Walker, a local Santa Clarita mom, organized the group when she decided to relearn roller skating skills from her childhood.
“It was about three weeks ago, I got skates,” Walker said. “I was struggling to learn on them, and I made a post on the Santa Clarita Community page [on Facebook], ‘Are there any other moms out there that are learning how to skate again?’ It went berserk. It got hundreds of likes, and all sorts of people were interested, so I said, ‘Oh, I’ll just create a group.’ I think this was about two weeks ago, and now there’s  members. It just blew up.”
The group meets every Saturday at 4 p.m. on the basketball courts at Central Park. There are other events planned throughout the rest of the week by other members of the group, which can be found on the group’s Facebook page.
Since the start of quarantine, roller skating has made a national comeback, leading to roller skate shortages due to their surge in popularity. Large roller skate brands such as Moxi Roller Skates and Riedell have needed to open new factories to keep up with the demand, which is “at a record high in roller skate history,” according to Moxi’s website.
“I got these [roller skates] for Christmas from my husband and just started doing it during quarantine,” said Danielle Jacobs, a member of the Skating Mamas of SCV group. “Before then, it’s been probably 20 years. It’s been fun re-learning, it is sort of like riding a bike.”
The skate group has amassed a large following since its first skate session on Feb. 20. The second event last Saturday had an abundance of attendees, skating circles over two basketball courts while nostalgic music blasted from boomboxes. Members with more experience make an effort to give tips and tricks to those who are just starting out on their roller skating journey.
“I enjoy being here with all the other ladies, getting tips from everyone, and just the comradery out here,” said Stephanie Jung, an attendee at Saturday’s skate session. “If you want to come out, obviously a lot of us are brand new people. If that’s what’s scaring you from trying skating there’s no reason to be scared. You can learn some tips and put on skates and come hang out.”
The group is all-inclusive, welcoming anyone who is interested in learning to roller skate. Masks are required when attending group skate events due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
“I would say join the [Facebook] group first because there’s a lot of people with experience on what skates to buy and what protective gear to wear, there’s people offering free lessons, there’s people selling skates, there’s a wealth of information. Once you get on there you can make decisions about how you want to go about starting to skate,” Walker said. “Join the group and ask questions, and then come out and try it, take it slow and wear protective gear.”
Skating Mamas of SCV meets on Saturdays at 4 p.m. on the basketball courts at Central Park. You can keep up to date with other events occurring throughout the rest of the week on their Facebook page.