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Bay Street Roller Rink Abruptly Closes Following Sunday Melee

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The Aloha Roller Skating rink at Bay Street has abruptly closed after being open for less than two weeks. No reasons were given but the closure followed an incident on Sunday, February 20 where a large group of fighting juveniles outside the center led to a large response by the Emeryville Police Department and neighboring agencies.

“Despite beginning this venture with the highest aspirations, we are sad to announce the closure of Aloha Fun Emeryville effectively immediately,” they shared in an Instagram post announcing their permanent closure.

Bay Street Roller Rink

Their grand opening was less than two weeks ago on February 12. Aloha also operates rinks at the Eastridge Mall in San Jose as well as Santa Barbara.

The “pop up” rink at the former Old Navy space was scheduled to run through at least the end of March when the building would then be demolished to make way for a grocery store (pending final approval). The highly-anticipated recreational rink seemed popular with many describing “lines out the door.”


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What sparked the incident is unclear but witnesses described a large gathering of juveniles outside the venue in the plaza area of the shopping center. Estimates of the number of youth involved ranged from fifty to “hundreds” and as many as 30 responding police officers.

“I was outside of there on Sunday night and a fight broke out with like hundreds of teenagers running from it and just idling outside,” described one resident who reached out to us.  “Like 8 cop cars were there just stationed.”

One witness reported that EPD and adjoining officers were able to corral the juveniles by pushing them back towards the roller rink.

The Emeryville Police provided the above press release in response to our inquiry noting they enlisted the assistance of two neighboring law enforcement agencies to help disperse the large crowds.

They also provided that this was the second such incident in two weeks that required their response. “Over the past two weeks that Aloha Skate Rink has been open, EPD has responded to two calls for service and three extra patrol incidents at the business.”

Bay Street property owners CenterCal Properties provided the following statement in regards the incident that suggested containing the crowds proved challenging. “CenterCal expects all tenants to follow the city of Emeryville’s occupancy requirements as determined by the fire department and wants to see all Bay Street Emeryville businesses remain open and safely operational. We abide by all local regulations to ensure all requirements are met on the properties we manage.”

A twitter user posted a video that captured the aftermath of the melee but noted that she did not personally shoot the video.

KMEL radio DJ “DC” expressed his disappointment with the closure of the venue and the behavior of the juveniles in a Twitter thread. “All we wanted was a skating rink all damn pandemic & we get one & y’all gonna go and (redacted) it all up…”

The morning show at the station discussed the incident in this morning’s program. “Apparently there’s been a whole bunch of young folks who went over there especially last weekend and just created mayhem and fighting and things like that out there at [Bay Street]. As far as I heard was that they were pressured to close by some different folks that own business and also people that live in the area.”

Aloha’s Instagram post has garnered over 700 comments ranging from appreciation for their efforts and their brief time in business … to anger at the group of juveniles that presumably led to their closure.

Bay Street has suffered from other instances of large gatherings of youth including a series of brawls that temporarily shut the center down twice in 2020 as well as a high-profile incident in 2019 captured on surveillance where an off-duty officer was beaten unconscious.

Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

12 Comments

    • Go open up your own skaterink if you want to see these youths somewhere to go. There’s a brand new one just built looking for a new owner.

  1. youths sounds euphemistic. maybe go with teenagers or minors. or people whom police described as “juveniles.”

  2. Why don’t these brawls get more media attention? This has happened several time. I used to frequent this place with my family but will never come back here. Who’s children are these??
    This used to be a nice shopping and gathering area that will soon be half empty.

  3. Emeryville residents need to come to terms with why this is happening to their city. Their leaders have helped cultivate an environment where juveniles know there will be zero consequences for their actions and there is zero respect for law enforcement. They will not be arrested, their parents will not be told of their actions, they will learn that they can continue this behavior unchecked. There is literally zero incentive to stop being jerks.

  4. Did Emeryville shutdown the rink or did Aloha pull out? I’ve read conflicting accounts on this.

    Guess my family will continue to do shopping at Fourth St where this has never been an issue. My wife and kids never had to deal with a mob surrounding and intimidating them like has happened at Bay St or the disgusting behavior at the now closed Fuddruckers.

    The whole event gives a distinct ghetto vibe and the parents of these kids should be ashamed of themselves.

  5. I’ve been to movies at Bay Street a few times over the past several years. The last two times I went were terrible. Came out of movie after midnight to find my tires slashed in the parking garage a few months ago. Previously experienced a large group of kids being extremely disruptive during a movie. They were rounded up and forced to leave, but then the remaining kids in the theater were still very disruptive, making it literally impossible to pay attention to/enjoy the movie. My friend and I complained and got several free passes for movies in the future, but the recent tire issue was the last straw for me. Damage cost me $400.

    • Not to mention, the same night my tire was slashed in the parking garage, my friend’s car was hit and damaged (while parked in the garage). The situation at Bay Street is out of control and the city council and E’ville police need to get a handle on it. It is so unacceptable that this type of sh*t is allowed to happen there.

  6. City Council wants to perpetuate broken woke politics.

    We took two months to live in Mexico City and for the crap that Americans throw at this country, the city runs the Bay Area in circles.

    Progress, lively neighborhoods with shops and cafes and services for all to enjoy.

    Guards everywhere and the rules they enforce are respected.

    Heaven forbid you confront these troublemakers about their acting up and you’re accused of racism.

    Emeryville is a woke shithole run by an egomaniac with his yes girls.

    • Hey now, don’t denigrate the better halves 😊

      The freedumb five are so freakin’ insular, they haven’t a clue of how the real world works.

  7. Emeryville’s another victim of the woke culture enablement. Call me whatever names you want, but the proof is right before your eyes.

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