On a Saturday evening in early September, I stopped by the Anacostia Park skating pavilion for one of the monthly events organized by the link DC, a community driven roller skating team. DJ Prodigy played hip-hop while families and vendors cooked dinner on grills just outside the rink. Sweet treats were sold from trucks and carts that circled the pavilion, and people lined up to collect their free rental skates. The park was buzzing with energy and there was an intoxicating sense of celebration in the air.