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Skating rolls again at community centers

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Roller skating returns to Evanston community centers starting Oct. 7.

Based on the popularity of a test program that was part of the mayor's Safe Summer Initiative, city officials have decided to bring back the program on a year-round basis.

Youths and adults of all ages can participate in the program that will will be offered on certain Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Chandler-Newberger Community Center and the Levy Senior Center.

Admission fees for Evanston residents are $1 for youths and $3 for adults. Participants can bring their own skates, if they're compatible with the floor surface as well as their own helmets and pads.

The youth admission fee includes skate rental, if necessary. Skate rental for an adult is $2 extra. Roller skating schedules are available online.

Roller skating is recommended by the American Heart Association as an aerobic fitness sport. It also causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running.

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