Downtown Miami

Pop-up roller skate park returning to Bayfront Park on Friday

Marcos Macias, left, and his brother, Alex, founded Bay Skate Miami.
Marcos Macias, left, and his brother, Alex, founded Bay Skate Miami. El Nuevo Herald File

What began as a proposal to win the Miami Foundation’s “Public Space Challenge” turned into reality for two brothers, Alex and Marcos Macias, when they proposed that Pepper Fountain in Bayfront Park by Biscayne Bay be used as a roller skate park. The pop-up park, which first launched on Feb. 26, 2015, is coming back Friday.

“When we first inaugurated the event, we had about 2,500 people show up, and it was on a Thursday,” Alex Macias said.

The Macias brothers were inspired to create a nostalgic event by the diversity Miami offers, the local scene, and their childhood memories of skating at Hot Wheels Kendall Skate Arena.

“I remember growing up with my brother in front of this park, and we would look at it from our balcony. It’s very close to us,” Macias said.

Gaby Duran will host. Music will range from hip hop to funk to soul. The area will be surrounded by food trucks and Wynwood Brewing Co, bringing unique flavors to an already dynamic event.

The event is free. Businesses, including sponsors Baptist Health and Super Wheels, will give out gifts. Skates will be available to rent, but locals are urged to bring their own skates, skateboards, and protective gear.

“We want to activate the community and engage the locals in something that is theirs and boosts community businesses and strengthens the cultural diversity here,” Macias said.

The Macias brothers hope to get community and sponsor support to make this event something that happens regularly for the joy of the locals.

“This can become so much larger if the community takes the initiative to support it, because this is for them,” Macias said.

If you go

▪ When: Friday, from 5 p.m. to midnight; family skate from 5 to 7 p.m.; adult skate from 7 p.m. to midnight

▪ Where: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami

▪ Cost: Free; food and drinks will be available for purchase

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