died and he sold the space to Pep Boys. The blue floor and track lines can still be seen. Here in the states, we"ve been destroyed! I moved to Edgewood after buying a house in 1971. I used to work here back in the early 90's, came home for a visit to discover that it had been turned into two nightclubs.....what a waste. It was a new build and seamed to have top of the line everything. Skating on Main, a longtime attraction on Hamilton’s West Side that closed last summer, is being torn down this week. My original home rink in North Huntingdon, PA. closed twice. Please know that as we skate down memory lane that these photos were taken with permission. Rainbow roller rink in Chicago, north side on Clark and Lawrence. i skated at a number of skating rinks in the central ohio and ohio areas during that time frame. Janesville Wisconsin had a rink called Skatin Place and that closed last year it is now a Banquet Hall. That way. Does anybody remember it. If the kids ever make a photo album of our lives after we're gone, they can use that one as the closing photo. Now I'm trying to figure out how I can buy that book... broadway roller rink in louisville, ky. probaly would have been considered being in a bad area of town, but once i started driving i loved going there 'cause it was the first rink where i experience a coated floor. For some odd reason, I remember every aspect about this rink, the last rink in west Knoxville. Welcome to FRRP! It only opened during nice weather because it had no walls just a chicken wire railing. We had a skating rink here in Newnan, GA called Skate Palace but it is now a warehouse. i remember when hyannis opened and closed and went there sat nites with my brother in law. I just posted something in another thread about a nasty falling I took while doing the Imperial. I asked the owner about the old photos that came with the building, and he asked if I had seen the Skating Rink Shrine in the front entrence.. Now I will have to go around 30 minutes to the other skating rink. But I decided to change vehicles and when I grabbed the second vehicle I left the directions to the other rinks inside the first vehicle.. I'm really hoping it gets ON your list and doesn't get taken off. It was on the decline even back then. Some of this footage is being used in the upcoming shuffle skating documentary. They left and Sue and Theo came back and were there until I dropped out in 1972. Many kids had birthday parties at Jamison. Roller-skating rink reopening refreshes memories of the past Jen Lynds • October 3, 2019 At the Maliseet Rollerama on Saturday, Chris Hogan of Houlton was watching his 8-year-old daughter McKenzie roller skate for the first time. They have sponsors to hear and see them through. It had been open since the 50s and operated continuously until 2011. It burned down by an arson fire. :confused: Here is a link of a history site about Braddock Heights. Ryland homes was next door, needed more office space and made him an offer too sweet to pass up. The rink closed in 1958, and the building burned sometime before April 26, 1960. :frown: Here's a few of the Rinks I've skated in, that have closed over the past 5 decades. It was owned at the time by a family with the last name Barille. I'm the same age as Laura, we hung together a lot. I thought it was going to be the end but they completely redid the roof and re-opened last week. The popular roller skating center announced the news Monday with a post on Facebook. 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. Memories of Closed Roller Skating Rinks. Thanks little Rick. Then I think it burned down and when they rebuilt it, it became Rollercade. What's left of a 190' by 90' maple floor:mad: Bob... that's the saddest picture I have ever seen! “There are a lot of rinks closing around the country because they aren’t open to this community. It was a shame when it burned to the ground. The name Joe seems to come to mind???? http://susan-a-miller.com/skate/matchbooks.html. It was on the decline even back then. 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. But man was it packed! and very few left early. The supports are less of an issue than you might think, there's plenty of room at each end to get around them and they actually have the benefit of helping to keep the centre of the rink clear for the dancers. It used to be said around the rinks that Rollerskating, as a participant sport, was bigger than Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey combined. The Mission Viejo rink was in a shopping center. I think a Hurricane did some damage to the roof and floor and they just never rebounded. There was another place in Boardman,Ohio called "RollerWorld".I think it was built in the late 70's. Just like the Skate Reflections Extravaganza, every Saturday night was an extravaganza at CC Skate Ranch. I asked her what happened to all the memorabilia from the rink, and she said they left it all there and just walked away, and that the people running the store probably had all the stuff. One is an old feed store now. World on Wheels was born in 1981 at the height of the roller skating craze. Welcome to the official blog associated with the SkateLog Inline Skating and Quad Roller Skating Forum. sagebrush what a great video. REGISTER IN JESSICA'S FORUM: Wasn't that on East Broad Street? My first job as a teen was at the snack bar. I was 15 when I first traveled from Pittsburgh PA across state to CC Skate Ranch in 1969 to see and hear Bill Clark play the organ live. In SoCal, probably 90% or more of the rinks are gone. 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. Hundreds of skaters from across the east would converge there just to skate to Bill Clark live. I Met my wife of 23 yrs. 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. Tampa may have more rinks, but these are the only 2 with a Pro Shop that has skates/Boots you can try on. Looking on the pages you posted, I recognized the listings for Cleveland Ohio. Sitting out here in the middle of a Texas desert nowhere, near the Mexico border. It was wall to wall skaters. It was ironic to see your post because I was looking at old photos last week taken at the rink during the wedding reception for the rink owner's son. It was awsome! BEST JOB EVER. Best wishes from this side of the Pond! I have been in it and I almost yelled at the people there. Newer Post Older Post Home. NEW OWNER AND ADMINISTRATOR: Jessica Wright I don't know whether it was actually true or where they got their info but it seemed plausible. Skated here from about 1988 - sometime in the 90's. 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. There are still remnants of Roll Arena, none of the walls have been torn down, the glossy floor is still down, the smell has been replaced by musty clothes. 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. Roller skating rinks in Minnesota are apparently the new drive-in theater. This announcement is to let everyone know that after hosting the SkateLog Forum 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. i am really looking for him with . But some of the memories remain. I had great times here. 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. Bill Clark was the Organist, but, about the time I started skating he was leaving to open his own rink. The other thing that seems to not touch them is the generation of filth that has manifested here in the states. (Can't remember exact date right now.) I had heard a few years back that the manager had been arrested for child molestation.....always thought he was kind of creepy. They had speed regionals there. Other venerable rinks such as the Loop and the Rainbow Roller Rink have shut down. As in addition to the ones mentioned in an earlier post. In the 70's when skating was most popular there were rinks everywhere. CC Skate Ranch....back in my heyday, that was the Mecca of our world. Ms Berwick's family has managed Toowoomba's roller skating rink for the past 17 years. I began my rink-rat days at a place called Cypress Skateway in Cypress California. WOW, in VA it is just the opposite, well at least in our are skating is making a come back. Mr. B's rink in Roswell closed years ago. We're down to maybe 4 rinks within an hour drive of Richmond now. History of closed roller skating rinks. tjh cacoa In SoCal, probably 90% or more of the rinks are gone. have a list of roller rinks from the 60's from all around the country if this what you are looking for. I'm sure that many of you remember one of the most popular rinks in the east - CC Skate Ranch in Douglasville, PA. NEW FORUM NAME: SkateDebate Forum The organ was out in the open on a stage. OMG ... we were all so young!!! It was owned by a husband and wife and the husband passed away. Lots of dates and good times were had there. I hung out at Linden Roller Rink in Columbus, Ohio during the 1970's for 5-6 years. twice a week from 1966-69, semi-regularly after that. This rink still clings to its happy memories as the remnants gather more dust. Did you ever see a fellow on Stilt Roller Skates there, or in Lawrence or KC ??? I started my rollerskating addiction in elementary school in 1965 at the old Palisades Gardens roller rink in San Diego, CA. My great granddad and grand dad owned the rink in Rhode Island,Natick Riverdale Roller Rink.i also do think these are just the ones belonging to RSROA in the 1960 there are more that is not listed. I worked there as a DJ from about 1994-1998 off and on. 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. It is called The Blaze Roller Rink. "A Roller Rink Closed Today" 10 Years of Memories by Jo Ann Schneider Farris United States ice and inline figure skater, and author of the book "How to Jump and Spin on Inline Skates" Jo Ann Schneider Farris talks about how she and her family felt in April of 2004 when the Bosanova Roller Skating Center in Colorado closed its doors for the last time. Skate key in Pinellas Park, Fl is gone, it is now a CVS. All I can vouch for is Pinellas County, Florida. tjh cacoa. The latest owner is trying real hard to make it better. Bojangles in Snellville GA. Closed now a u-haul. It had one of the nicest wood floors that I have ever skated. During my most competitive years in the mid 1960's, I probably was there 4 nights a week either at a session or "dance step and figures night", not including the 2 private lessons a week by myself and with my partner. They tore it down back in the late 90's. One of the great ones was SKATE LAND AT THE BEACH many old time skaters still lovingly talk sbout it even though it's been gone for over 30 years, labor day 1971 it must have been a one of a kind experience.both art and session skaters still talk about it. I have a flyer for it I think. we wound up finding each other again in 92! I don't know when it opened, but it was open at least from the mid-80s through 200, then torn down (along with the only bowling alley in the area) in order to build a strip mall on the land. I set a couple of speed records there back in the days when they kept state records. Its funky smell (what I now classify as the roller rink smell because the other skate rink in knoxville smells exactly the same) The smooth wood floor, the DJ booth, the walls, the parties, the ridiculously loud music blasting from the obviously blown speakers, the regular roller rink lighting, everything. Dust mopped during short breaks... wished all rinks were taken as good care as this one was ... Hagies (spelling) - Harrisburg Pa. 1960's-1970's. When they tore it down they found dead bodies in the basement floors. Wooden floor now but I wont know until I've skated on it.. This is a home for your memories from the closed Forgotten Roller Skating Rinks of the Past. They are all good memories of Pike. If memory serves me there were 3 Skateways... the one in Cypress, another in Mission Viejo, CA., and the third in Chino, CA. This new forum is 100% owned and operated by Jessica. And even a tiny pebbel on the road was bad news :-(. I skated there on a rounfd the country trip in Aug 1989. FROM SKATELOG FORUM HOST KATHIE FRY IN MARCH OF 2020: After more than 17 years of operation, Skatetown USA will officially close on May 1. those were fun days for sure. I remember skating there in middle school for school skate partys.It was a great old place. Thank You for sharing. In the 1930s and 1940s Crystal Palace on upper North Street, was a popular indoor skating rink. I was there one time. Has anyone approached the roller skating gurus and found any such to open? Bill and Chas sold the rink in 1979. Nor is my proof reading much better. but that was a nice big wooden rink that closed around 88 and reopened as wheels in motion in 93 and then that closed shortly after......but that was a fun rink!!!! None of this would be possible without YOU! Broke my wrist there in 1980. 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. It was awful and none of the regulars come anymore because they all got kicked out for "going faster than the other kids." 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??? From being closed for 4 months to hosting an online learning center it is safe to say this is a year we will never forget! It opened in '55 and is still going. I was a rink rat at what was called the Hollywood Skating Center on Johnson street in Hollywood, Florida. Never got to know any of those skaters they just started disappearing slowly... marriage, tight budget, all the normal reasons. I was the stereotypical rink rat, part time floorguard, speed team member, etc. That rink used to have a juke box for the music. As a member of the Cleveland based NIGHTROLLER'S SKATING CLUB, we'd caravan 14 cars out for Saturday Night session. ***** Post your pictures on our Facebook Page and I'll re-post them here - everyone would love to see them! I only went there a couple of times, and since I moved out of Indiana 15 years ago, I don't know if it is even still there. To many to mention .Sacramento still has about 6 or 7 but some of the other towns and cities they have converted them to other bussiness's. hotties everywhere :-). forum, configured like the SkateLog Forum, but with a new name and a new Web Site. Their team colors were black and gold I think. ARTISTIC ROLLER SKATING COMPETITIONS - 1968-1982 Recommended for you 13:41 I think it was called Saddie's Place, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Ok, closed or gone are: Wal-Lex, Rolland, Bal-a Rue, Surfwood, Whalom Park, Lincoln Park, Marshfield, Weymouth, Broyles Arena, New Riverdale, Canobie Lake. 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. Like you, I met my wife there when her parents brought her up from NE Philly because they heard of Bill Clark and wanted to see him in person. Talk about a large dance floor! Then Rennie and Marlene left, and were replaced by the Murphys. It is so sad to see all the roller rinks in Calif that has closed. I went to a show to see a young girl that looked like a hooker art skating to "Hot Stuff" this is song that is about sex. At one point, we had Three rinks in town. We had a few rinks in our area when I was growing up. [Archive] Memories of Closed Roller Skating Rinks Roller Dance and Session Skating Forum ... Had to bump this up as this video of skating at the long-closed Cicero's Roller Skating Rink in Ebensburg, PA was recently posted by YouTube user "angelacarnes". A West Chester family roller skating rink is permanently closing its doors. It closed and the building was bought by the Schwebles baking company. Sir Skate closed in about 2000. 1. 12 Laps To The Mile. Many residents wrote about their happy memories of skating at Ups-N-Downs in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. I hit the back of my head pretty good, and was unconscience for a couple of minutes. Session lasted until 2:30 am. Yes, for sure, from everywhere on the world. 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. 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. It was called Sportsworld and was in Morehead City, NC. It’s been anything but ‘paradise’ for Jeff Warrenburg, owner of Paradise Skate Roller Rink & Arcade in Lakeport since stay-at-home orders took effect in March this year, due to COVID-19. looking for rinks. 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??? I've been skating there since the '70's when my older brother and I used to walk together through a cornfield to get there. At one point, we had Three rinks in town. I already moved to tucson. Then, many of the skaters would fill the local restaurants afterwards for a late night snack. It didn't last long. I remember getting there on Saturday mornings and staying until 11:30 at night almost every week. Brings back such memories. Senior American Dance 1976 US Roller Skating Championships - Ft Worth, Tex - Duration: 13:41. Anyway, the thoughts of the fun I had there prompted me to do some skating with the kids at some local Houston rinks (where I now live) and I had a great time. 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. I don't know if it was about this particular Palisades Gardens but I guess one can only dream. Do you have any memories, photos, or facts to share about a roller skating rink that has closed? hi it seems that you are well versed with the southern rinks. 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