It’s a statewide event — but unless you spend a lot of time behind scooter bars, you’d never know.
Silver Lake Ride Day this Saturday caters to Rochester’s scooter aficionados, who’ll ride in the park, then try out tricks in the skating area.
Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria donates the food. Silver Lake provides the setting. The riders bring their scooters.
And organizer Jacob Urrea, a pastor at Hope Summit Christian Church, brings the pizza and the extra parts.
“We get together, have a good time, pass out parts, and stuff like that,” he said.
Growing up in small-town Iowa, with no skate part or skating/scootering events, Urrea craved a thriving community.
So he decided to make one in 2018. Scooter-ers hail from the Twin Cities and Wisconsin for Ride Day, he said. Last year, there were 50 riders — up from 25 in year one. Urrea hopes to see 60 sets of wheels Saturday.
He doesn’t think COVID-19 should have much of an effect on attendance.
“Being able to see all the riders on social is great — and we see people feel comfortable riding around state parks,” he said.
Most of the buzz about the event is generated on social media, with Urrea’s Instagram (@jacoburrea) serving as a major information checkpoint.
In the future, Urrea hopes to bring out pro riders — but as a tiny nonprofit, he can’t accept large donations from bigger organizations, which might be necessary to attract that kind of star power. The event currently relies on Rochester’s small businesses for sponsorships.
“Our heart is just the community, to get riders together and have a good time,” he said. “And to keep it free.”
If you go
What: Silver Lake Ride Day
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22
Where: Silver Lake Park, 770 W Silver Lake Drive NE, Rochester