Sk8 City: Giving back to the community one skate at a time

Jada Soloman and Alfred Narin

Located in the Regency area, Sk8City provides a family-friendly roller rink where kids and their friends can come to have fun.

The rink includes arcade games, bumper cars, party rooms, concession stand and two skating floors: one for beginner skaters and the other for regular skaters.

The founder, Terry Harris, is a retired JEA technician who wanted to make a difference and give back to his community.

“My community being the northside, Edgewood, Soutel, Lem Turner, and Dunns Ave area. These are some of the most neglected areas in the town and I wanted to better serve my community,” said Harris.

Harris is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the northside and graduated from Ribault high school.

Over 10  years ago in the Sherwood Forest shopping plaza on the northside was the original Skate City. Being the only skating rink on the northside of Jacksonville,  Harris was there almost every weekend.

This rink was something  Harris says the whole community enjoyed, but unfortunately, the original Skate City was closed down.

“Usually people have to drive out of the city to enjoy the nearest roller rink, but now that there is one in town I believe it will help better serve the underserved community,” said Harris.D0CJAOCWsAAQpHG

Harris worked as a stand-up comedian and motivational speaker in the community. However, his love and passion for skating is how he turned his vision into reality.

“It took about two years to research the roller skating industry. I joined a roller skate association and went to a couple of seminars, and then the rest is history,” said Harris.

Harris says this is not just a skating rink for him, behind the walls of this rink is actually a school.

“I want to be able to teach and mentor young individuals, have after-school programs for the kids, teaching young boys and girls etiquette, grooming and interviewing skills,” said Harris. “Just being able to teach young kids how to develop into adults that is what this whole thing is about for me.”
Learn more about Sk8City by visiting their website: https://www.skatecityjax.com/