Portland, OR’s ‘Secret Roller Disco’ turns Lloyd Center Marshalls into pop-up roller rink

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland’s increasingly popular “Secret Roller Disco” has teamed up with the Lloyd Center to host a free pop-up roller rink inside the mall’s abandoned Marshalls.

Formed as an underground skate meet-up in 2020, the group now hosts free weekly events around Portland that include DJs, party lights and free skate rentals. Following its first indoor-mall skate on Friday, Sept. 23, the group is hosting back-to-back skate parties on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 inside the former Marshalls, which closed in 2018.

“Grab your soft pretzels and get your biggest mall hair ready, because we are beyond excited to announce a special event for you,” event organizer April Hasson shared on the group’s social media pages.

Saturday’s event is 1992-themed and will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Rose City Rollers “skatemobile” will also be in attendance on Saturday to offer free skate rentals. 

A daytime skate will also be held inside the Lloyd Center on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature free lessons for inexperienced skaters. Skate rentals will not be available on Sunday.

“This is a great day for kids or those who are a little wobbly on wheels to come learn in a calm environment,” Hasson said. “Join [Skate Instructors Association] certified instructors for various 30-minute lessons, plus a ‘kids helping kids’ session with our youngest champs.”

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