what we do

NSP provides services to skaters using public skate ways, be they parks, trails, or roads. NSP volunteers provide free stopping instruction to skaters having difficulty skating under control. In addition, we run regularly scheduled skates, work with local police, parks departments, skate manufacturers and retailers to increase awareness of skating as a safe and sane sport and method of transportation. Many volunteers are Certified Instructors, and all encourage skaters to follow the IISA Rules of the Road.

Free Stopping Lessons
Certified NSP volunteers teach stopping and other basic skills at Oak Street Beach. Look for the red banner and t-shirts near the ramp. PERFECT for beginners. Walk, drive, cab or train to the lakefront, bring your skates and protective gear. Lessons available every Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Event Course Marshaling
Throughout the outdoor season, and sometimes when into the next, NSP volunteers promote good relations with athletes in other sports by helping direct traffic, control crowds and report injuries for running, biking, and skating events throughout the Chicago metro area: including The Chicago Triathlon, The American Cancer Society’s Walk and Roll, and The River’s Edge Woman’s Triathlon. 

Lead Organized Skates
NSP was organized to create a safe and fun environment for skaters; to facilitate a peaceful co-existence between cars, bikes, peds and skaters. To this end NSP chapters throughout the world lead organized skates, where the rules of the road are followed, safety gear is worn and a good time is had by all. Learn more about Chicago’s Road Raves and other organized skates.