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Fun at the Roller Rink at Canalside (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Waterfront Management Group)
Fun at the Roller Rink at Canalside (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Waterfront Management Group)

Roller Rink at Canalside opening Aug. 12


Tue, Jul 19th 2022 05:10 pm

The Roller Rink at Canalside returns for a second season! 

Buffalo Waterfront Management Group announced the return of the Roller Rink at Canalside starting Aug. 12, made possible in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

New this year, BWMG announces a partnership with the Buffalo Holiday Market. Through this partnership, the Buffalo Holiday Market will host approximately 20 vendors at the rink on a weekly basis. Vendors will line the canal area adjacent to the skating surface, showcasing the best of Buffalo’s crafts, goods and specialty products. Vendors will be open every Friday (4-9 p.m.), Saturday (1-9 p.m.) and Sunday (1-6 p.m.).

Returning this year are crowd favorites, including:

√ Theme skate nights every Friday night, including “Pride Skate” benefitting the Pride Center of Western New York; “Soul Train Night,” “90s Night” and “Salsa Night”

√ Silent disco skates

√ Skating lessons provided by the 716 Rollers every Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.

√ Special programming with the 716 Rollers and Women Against Violence Everywhere

√ Group skate and party packages

Thanks to the generosity of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, BWMG is able to offer discounted or free skate passes to nonprofit or educational organizations. Organizations interested in experiencing the rink as a group at a reduced admission price are encouraged to reach out to [email protected].

Opening night at the roller rink on Aug. 12 will feature special guest P.U.S.H, a celebrity skate instructor, from 6-9 p.m.; a DJ; games; and the opening of the Buffalo Holiday Market. This event is made possible through the 716 Rollers.

Admission to the Roller Rink is $6 for adults and $2 for children 13 and under. Patrons can bring their own roller skates, or rentals are available for $4. Roller blades are not permitted at the rink.

For the most up to date information on the Roller Rink at Canalside, visit www.buffalowaterfront.com.

“Every season at Canalside features a wide array of healthy, fun and accessible options for the community to enjoy. As the official health plan of Canalside, we are thrilled to support this one-of-a-kind roller-skating experience for all who visit,” said Michael Ball, vice president, community affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.

“After seeing so many members of the WNY community come out and enjoy the Roller Rink at Canalside last season, we are excited to build on that success and introduce even more ways to enjoy the late summer and fall season at Canalside,” said Lauren Moloney Ford, general manager of the Buffalo Waterfront Management Group.

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