Southeastern Queens glides into summer with skate festivals hosted by local leaders

Photo courtesy of the Office of Council Member Nantasha Williams

Southeastern Queens residents have skated through June at two exciting skate festivals hosted by Council Member Nantasha Williams (D-27) and State Senator Leroy Comrie (D-14).

The festivals, in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department, saw residents of all ages hit the pavement at the Delphin H. Greene Playground in Cambria Heights on June 1 and the Hollis Playground in St. Albans on June 8.

The festivals were designed with a special focus on providing young children with a safe space to experience roller skating, many for the first time. The events featured an array of fun activities, including beginner-friendly skating zones and interactive workshops led by experienced instructors. Additionally, families enjoyed face painting, cotton candy and board games. Both events featured music, giveaways and festivities for all to enjoy. 

Photo courtesy of the Office of Council Member Nantasha Williams

Council Member Williams explained the importance of providing free recreational activities for families within the community. “Roller skating is not only a fun and exciting activity, but also promotes physical fitness and social interaction. We are thrilled to partner with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and NYS Senator Leroy Comrie to host these festivals, which aim to introduce young children to the joy of skating in a safe and supportive environment.”

Senator Comrie added that the festival brings “a touch of nostalgia that everyone can enjoy as they learn some new roller skating tricks,” he said. “Community-wide summer events really make Queens the Borough of Neighborhoods.”

Local residents, like Richard Lomax, who attended the Hollis Playground event, said the skate day was a much-needed event for the neighborhood. “I would never have thought to bring my nieces and nephews to go roller skating if this didn’t come to my community. It just is not something I find in my neighborhood too much so this is special for them,” he said. 

Tanya Dean, owner of Skaterobics, the event’s vendor, thanked Council Member Williams for allowing the company to host the skate festival. “We appreciate and are thankful that she keeps us abreast of what’s happening in our neighborhood and the city at large,” Dean said.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Council Member Nantasha Williams