memories of closed roller skating rinks

i skated at a number of skating rinks in the central ohio and ohio areas during that time frame. The rink closed in 1958, and the building burned sometime before April 26, 1960. It only opened during nice weather because it had no walls just a chicken wire railing. Of course, to use a pair of skates that belong to the rink, you had to turn your own shoes in as place holders for the borrowed skates. Closed down a few years back 3-4-5 yrs or so. Outdoor extreme skating is pretty popular here in Austin TX. Rinks in PA I skated at as a kid that are no longer there. Skate Zone closed its doors April 30, but the parking lot was packed Saturday morning for the business's auction. Patty is a Pro there now and dropped ny to say her hello's. Maybe that's why they're still in the roller rink business after nearly forty years! 12 Laps To The Mile. They have College Park skating re-unions at Kempsville Family skating every few months. Talk about bringing back some memories. All I can vouch for is Pinellas County, Florida. When I skated there 1950-1958 and then again in 1979-1986 there were pictures of me skating dance and freestyle hanging on the walls, from back in the 1950's. I had a list of them, and programed the GPS and off I went.. If the kids ever make a photo album of our lives after we're gone, they can use that one as the closing photo. I'd stand there most of the night and watch Bill play. lol. Sad. I know I know Drainbramage, Old Age??? Tampa may have more rinks, but these are the only 2 with a Pro Shop that has skates/Boots you can try on. This is a home for your memories from the closed Forgotten Roller Skating Rinks of the Past. In the 70's when skating was most popular there were rinks everywhere. the george robbin's rink directory (http://www.netaxs.com/people/grr/Roller/index.html) is still online http://www.netaxs.com/people/grr/Roller/index.html, The Old Price Hill Roller Rink In Cincinnati Was My Favorite Rink. For us, Bill Clark lived on 7 inch reel to reels. I keep a historical website for the great Chicago area rinks that closed. But man was it packed! Brikkee, it would be interesting to see that list. Sitting out here in the middle of a Texas desert nowhere, near the Mexico border. tjh cacoa. I don't know whether it was actually true or where they got their info but it seemed plausible. This might make you feel a little ill. You guys ever hear what USA has done in the past when a competing rink in one of their markets closes down. I believe Don Rodgers was coaching out of there back then. Wooden floor now but I wont know until I've skated on it.. It had a full floating floor and kept in top notch shape. But i was unable to find investors. Apr 29, 2015 - Memories of Closed Roller Skating Rinks Roller Dance and Session Skating Forum NEW OWNER AND ADMINISTRATOR: Jessica Wright In it, It had Braddock Heights Amusement Parks. I discovered it is now a upscale furniture botique.. Many kids had birthday parties at Jamison. Good memories of Pike!....Stealing a kiss from a girl during the darkened couples skate....playing the pinball machines while my partner or girlfriend pestered me to get out on the floor...having Bill Clark play a bouncy piece using only 2 oranges instead of fingers....seeing my Dad drag a big Christmas tree into the rink for Rennie and his wife becasue they couldn't afford one themselves....and seeing the rosin haze in the air after a busy session.....and of course the vision of the perfect girl (my wife) with greatest legs, in the tiniest of skating skirts with white trunks showing...wow! Good Evening everyone. I would love to see a new rink open in the area so maybe I wouldn't have to drive 65 miles one-way to go to speed practice.... :(. I use to skate the Tuesday evening dance steps with Sue's other niece Valerie Kepple. History of closed roller skating rinks. I also spent a lot of time working on that sign to keep it running. But oh, what fun. Nor is my proof reading much better. In places like Michigan, if you miss your turn you go to the next block, make a right and a right and you are right back where you wanted to be.. Out here you do that and there is no telling where you'll end up at!! Fred Wilkinson’s excellent account manages to give us a flavour of what we’ve lost: Fred Wilkinson at Brixton Roller Rink: Figure Skating Class circa 1959 – 1960. NEW FORUM NAME: SkateDebate Forum I'm under the impression that at least half of the roller skating rinks that once existed have closed and it could be closer to 2/3. We both back in the day skated mostly at skateworld and once they closed that rink I ended up at Tempe skateland. My mom remembers a rink on Tybee Island (Georgia, USA) from the fifties. Here in the states, we"ve been destroyed! That rink used to have a juke box for the music. I haven't checked that out yet, but will eventually get to it. When we still lived in the Philadelphia Area (in the early 70's) My husband and I met and skated at Pike Rollarena, South Hampton Pa. Any one else ever skate there??? OMG ... we were all so young!!! Shortly after my husband and I were married Marty Dumic arrived at Pike to play the Organ!!! Joy's Roller Rink (previously Mentor Skateland) is under new ownership by the Mason Family, a local family with deep roots in Mentor and roller skating. Well yeah, not everyone has the luxury of clear span buildings to skate in. The abandoned roller rink in Conway is a tragic tale that stands out from any typical failed business story. It had been open since the 50s and operated continuously until 2011. I thought it was going to be the end but they completely redid the roof and re-opened last week. 1. Looking around at our other countries that make our artsy skaters seem like some what unsung hero's...These countries make amends to the families and the areas for which they live, to that of the country they represent. Was open for 30+ years. It was a sad day for me and my friends/family. Outside Skating .. why pay to go to a rink when you can get a pair of cheap skates and skate outside. I encourage every person to watch this documentary they have closed many rinks because i believe they dont want black people to have recreational … There are a few rinks in my area that have closed. The disco-era mean machine isn’t old enough to be a “barn find” but it does serve to mark the heyday of roller skating rinks while signifying their decline and fall. I have to admit though, that I would love to find a way to run a rink or rinks in a way that could be seriously profitable. Don't remember if I posted here already or not, but checking the list again: I haven't been able to find any pictures or information on the rink I grew up with. also use to skate at the bourne rink, nice and large with a good floor. I have a book about Maryland Amusement Parks. But some of the memories remain. The United Skates of America management team always were the cold-hearted corporate types. I don't remember the names of all the rinks that I have been to that are gone but I have included a partial list of cities where there were rinks that AFAIK are gone. FROM SKATELOG FORUM HOST KATHIE FRY IN MARCH OF 2020: Many people turn out to see their family members have the spot light on them, and local news coverage. Thank you! And I'm pretty sure it's going to close down soon because of a complete drop in the number of customers. My wife was a pistola always shooting at something... we had married before I left for Viet Nam and she was instantly with child....So when I got back we had to find a place to live and there was some affordable housing in Edgewood.. but I digress...The Arena was a nice metal building painted blue outside and pretty much white on the inside except carpet and the food area. Bill Clark was the Organist, but, about the time I started skating he was leaving to open his own rink. That Is A Great Hobby For Some One Into Old Rinks. i drove by the old norwood mass rink today, the parking lot was full of cars for the wow business that is there now,,,,work out world. My other comparative is the matter that too many art skaters here in USA are spread too thin. I made some calls and discovered that the building is still configured as a skating rink but has not been open for 3 years. There's a rink on the list in Youngstown call "Rollercade". The building is still standing and being used by them. Do you know if most of those roller rinks are still open, or have most of them closed? I am beyond thrilled to report I will soon no longer need to make 200 mile round trips to skate. Other countries are getting coverage and skating is doing well in those places. Almost immediately I caught a vicious case of SEDS and I am now spending ridiculous amounts on this hobby. I was a Pike Rollarena Rink Rat. i am really looking for him with . They tore it down back in the late 90's. There was a popular song on the radio back then on KGB AM about a roller rink by the name of Palisades Gardens. From what i heard it was bad ownership/ managment that put it under.Everything was auctioned off and my friends father how owned a rink in nearby Salem ohio bought the floor.We cut it out loaded it up and put it in his rink....What a job that was as his rink was on the second floor. See “Ardmore Rolling Skating Palace” above. Are you interested in some history from the UK? sagebrush what a great video. Lots of dates and good times were had there. The rink closed around 1965, and was occupied by a carpet warehouse for many years before being converted into a Sainsbury’s supermarket in 2012. This is the place where I bought my first pair of skates, which I still have and am revamping right now so that I can start skating again in Asheoro, NC. They'll buy the assets either outright or in auction and run the floor through a wood chipper just to keep it from being used by someone else to open a skating rink. Some buildings that were rezoned for commercial use still remain empty until this day. Despite my formal dance training, I loved to fleahop and have fond memories of steaming around the rink to Bill Clark's bouncing organ music with 10-20 of the other regulars, clacking our skates, putting one leg up on the railing, and seeing my parents beaming from the seats. I'll try and post a few pictures I snaped with my point and shoot. From what i heard it was bad ownership/ managment that put it under.Everything was auctioned off and my friends father how owned a rink in nearby Salem ohio bought the floor.We cut it out loaded it up and put it in his rink....What a job that was as his rink was on the second floor. The latest owner is trying real hard to make it better. have a list of roller rinks from the 60's from all around the country if this what you are looking for. What's left of a 190' by 90' maple floor:mad: Bob... that's the saddest picture I have ever seen! It was just a little outside of the safe driving range of our teen age rattletrap cars, and coupled with working every session at my rink, I never made it there. None of this would be possible without YOU! The building is still standing and being used by them. (3.) Hank, you gonna make it to the Extravaganza the week after next? vBulletin® v3.8.4, Copyright ©2000-2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Special Interest Skating Forums (sorted by number of posts). I set a couple of speed records there back in the days when they kept state records. Paid very little. CC Skate Ranch....back in my heyday, that was the Mecca of our world. Glad … Some even called it a "dump". The photographer titles his Flickr photo album “Camaro Roller Rink” buts that’s just because there’s an actual early-70s Chevy Camaro (or the ravaged remains thereof) terminally parked in the rink’s garage. I raced against some of his skater 82/83-ish. The popular roller skating center announced the news Monday with a post on Facebook. Southland Roller Palace in Pinellas Park, is Now Astro Skating Center which is also owned by the same person who owns Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs "www.AstroSkatingCenter.com", and Rainbow Roller Rink in Largo, Fl is now Super Skate of Pinellas "www.superskateofpinellas.com". Shortly after my husband and I were married Marty Dumic arrived at Pike to play the Organ!!! well i was training at skate ranchwith grady. Sir Skate closed in about 2000. 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