HAPPY 18th, CPDSA!
The 4th of July; barbecues, fireworks, summer heat and the Central Park Dance Skaters Association’s Birthday party: The USA celebrates independence and freedom from the rule of a British King and the CPDSA celebrates our freedom from the rule of a controlling mayor.
We have come a long way from the 4th of July of 1995 when — after a three month ban on music, when they tried to chase us out of the park — we were finally allowed to hold the Skate Circle again. The mayor and his allies underestimated us, they never thought we could resist the campaign they waged against us. With ingenuity, determination and a low power FM transmitter, we took a loosely connected group of skaters and organized ourselves into an effective association.