For the past two Wednesday nights, the shuttered Sacred Heart Church at Fell and Fillmore has found new life — as a roller skating rink, of all things.
This unlikely development is the brainchild of David Miles Junior, San Francisco's self-described "Godfather of Skate." Miles has been a fixture in the city's rollerskating scene for years. If you've seen masses of folks skating in Golden Gate Park on Sundays, or at the Inner Mission (formerly Cellspace) on Tuesday nights, or at the Women's Building the last Friday of every month, or at any number of other venues around the city, Miles is likely responsible. "I promote and organize nearly all the rollerskating events, races and competitions in the San Francisco Bay Area," Miles tells us. "A lot of people follow my skate scene. They are the Holy Rollers of the Church of 8 Wheels!" "The Church of 8 Wheels" is the name Miles has come up with for his informal skating organization, although until recently he lacked an actual church. "My skate parties are always a blast, but the venues are smaller than I would want," Miles says. "One day Tom, one of the skaters from Google, had such a great time that he told me that he thinks he knows a place where we could skate and it was much bigger... He said he knew the owner and would ask him if we could skate there." That place was the Sacred Heart Church.
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