Coffee Break: Remembering the Roller Garden

Two people roller skate side by side.
Ciara Swart and Alexander Kelly roller skate at Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. (Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News)

The Roller Garden indoor skating rink, a longtime St. Louis Park treasure known for its theme nights, music and disco lights will be closing after 52 years. The effects of the pandemic and the desire to retire have caused the owners to make the difficult decision. The website states:

"We are saddened to announce that the Roller Garden will be closing the doors for the final time on Saturday, May 8th. It has been 52 years since beginning our family's journey into the world of roller skating. We would like to thank all of our skaters, past/present employees, friends and family for your loyalty over the years. We sincerely hope you will all continue your passion for roller skating."

The end of an era!

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear in honor of the Roller Garden?

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Songs played

Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night
De La Soul - A Rollerskating Jam Called Saturday
Vaughan Mason and Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Kool and The Gang - Get Down On It
Olivia Newton-John - Xanadu with Electric Light Orchestra
Jim Croce - Roller Derby Queen
Melanie - Brand New Key

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