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Remember penny nights?

And the announcement of “All Skate” when the music started?

How about “ladies choice,” “moonlight skate,” men's races, ladies races and special dances?

The roller skating rink at Pearson Park holds a special place in many people’s hearts and memories including countless couples who met and felt that spark when their hands joined for a skate around the oval and parents who taught their kids to skate on the same place they learned themselves.

When it opened in 1938, the 220-foot-long, 120-foot-wide oval roller skating rink was the largest outdoor skating rink in Ohio. The rink, shelter and nearby tennis courts were built by the WPA at a cost of $17,000.


Members of the community are invited to come and celebrate the history and join in the fun at the 75th Anniversary of Pearson Park Sunday Aug. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Step back into time with authentic interpretations of the Johlin Cabin and presentations by area historians. Enjoy the pedal boats, model boat exhibitions, classic/antique/muscle cars and hot rods, the ever-popular Pearson Friends Ice Cream Social, music and fun for all ages.

The day’s schedule of events includes:

Johlin Cabin and Pearson North Dedication – 2 p.m. Entertainment by Cardinal Stritch High School Band; recognition of donors, Metroparks, Johlin family and Oregon dignitaries; followed by historic interpretations of cabin until 6 p.m.


The Sandusky County Park District has announced the following programs for August:
• Moonlight Canoeing, Aug 7, 9:30 p.m. This special night canoe program is open only to ages 18 and over. You must register with a partner. Meet at the park office. Registration required by calling 419-334-4495 or toll free 1-888-200-5577.

• Movie Night, Aug 7, 9:30-11:30 p.m., White Star Park Beach. Enjoy a summer night watching a movie on the beach. Beach closes for swimming at 8 p.m. and gates will open at 9 p.m. for the movie. Bring a blanket, towel or chair to sit on. No pets, alcohol, glass bottles or aluminum cans permitted. The concession stand will be open to buy snacks or bring your own. Registration required by calling 419-334-4495 or toll free 1-888-200-5577.


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