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Skating and Recreating: What's Happening in Baltimore and Beyond

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

It’s summer: how do teenagers pass the time? We ask Bob Wall of Recreation and Parks how the city’s rec centers work to engage teens. Then, we visit the ‘Shake and Bake Family Fun Center.’ Event Planner Onek Eldridge talks about what the center has provided for the community over the past three decades, and we ask patrons what keeps them coming back.

Plus, we preview the film ‘United Skates.’ It looks at the popularity of roller skating in African American communities and the fight to preserve it.

For information on the United Skates screening at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, visit this link. Skaters from Shake and Bake will perform afterwards, and there will be a panel discussion.

Visit this link for information on the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center.

Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'