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Old October 9th, 2006, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Brookpark Skateland

Just wondering if anyone here has ever skated there. I grew up in that rink and just visited it again this past weekend with my son. I could not believe how it seemed like time stood still. Everything was the same including that wonderful smell.
I fell in love with the sport all over again.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:37 AM   #2
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Cari,

I started skating at Brookpark Skateland in 1970 at the age of 4 and I'm now 40 years old and I'm still there!

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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #3
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I have never skated there. I have heard it is a nice rink. We are thinking of going there to skate session and check it out sometime soon.

They have a very active artistic club.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #4
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Its a very nice rink. The owners have gone out of their way to keep it a good family rink.

Depending on your type of skating, look into what nights would be good for you.

Sunday & Wednesday evenings are organ music, older skaters, but enjoyable.

Thursday night is "Retro Night" 70 & 80s music with a DJ. Crowd ranges from familys, teens to older adults. Good respectable crowd and just enough people on the floor to make it fun. Here is a good sign, many of the rink employees come in to skate this session on their nights off.

Friday nights, well, its mostly teenagers who seem to come in with a chip on their shoulders and try to cause trouble. Music is current hits with a DJ. I don't recommend session for families with little children who are trying to learn.

Saturday nights are kinda the same but a little bit tamer then Friday night.

Saturday morning, current music with a DJ, not too crowded, mostly children, very good for beginners and families. This session ends at noon and you still have the rest of the day to do other things.

Saturday /Sunday afternoon - BIRTHDAY PARTIES! Not a bad thing, but if you come in on a session that has 4 or 5 parties scheduled, be prepared to skate defensively. Lots of kids, teens and parents all have a good time.

I know they have morning sessions during the week (organ music) but I have a day job and have never made it in to those sessions.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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I skated in Lorain as a kid...very regularly...nice rink..but it was always special when I was able to go to Brookpark...I consdered that the mecca. This was many years ago..........I called Brookpark recently....and the person answering did not know what the flea hop was and things are DJ on Friday-Sat nights...and so I concluded that rink changed...but I guess some of you think it didn't. When I went there in the mid-late 70s, it was organ music Friday and Sat nights.....many good skaters skated on the inside circle.....they had couples skates, 2 sets of dance specials, a couple of circle waltzes and .... my favorite....the flea hop special "for those who flea hop only". I guess they now have organ in the morning...but this is not "prime time".

Now I am in Southern Cal....rinks are not as nice or large....no hardwood floor, DJ only.....no flea hop.....no dance specials, no circle waltz...not even couples skates.....I was told that this is due to some law suit concern....how stupid. Did not really see a lot of good skaters, and did not get a feel that there were many there that go regularly and knew each other. I guess the hip hop and other radio music is considered by some to be beneficial....but if I were a kid today going to a skating rink session.....I would not be inspired to improve and go regularly....would not get to watch the good skaters in the middle and want to be like them..... would never get to meet girls by having the opportunity to ask them to couples skate....etc. In California, the rink stating I know does not exist...and I do not think the current status is an improvement.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #6
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Default Brookpark Skateland

Fleahopper,

The organ sessions are still organized like you used to remember them, Couples skate, circle waltzes, robbers circle waltz, the dance specials just before the intermission, the flea hop. Its all still there.

The DJ sessions are different. They have a couples skate (You can circle waltz, but keep a sharp eye on the crowd), the have a backwards skate early on in the session, and a flea hop (only) towards the end of the session. On Friday/Saturday nights, the backward skate could have a good crowd on it, but when it comes time to flea hop, there is only about a dozen people on the floor.

Most of the teens have no idea what the flea hop is. Their idea of showing off is trying to zig-zag through crowds without knocking anyone down. (And then don't understand why the floor guard is kicking them off the floor for doing it)

When I was a teen, fleahopping was the way to impress the girls, and outdo the other guy. Circle waltzes were the other way to impress. I fondly remeber having some of the girls going out of thier way to circle waltze with certain guys because of how good they were at it.

I think fleahopping is a regional thing. I remember going to Alabama one summer and when I stopped in a rink there, they had no idea what I was doing, and had never heard of the term. I'm not sure if they actually teach fleahopping by itself.

Brookpark is still run by the same family, I can't think of any employee there that would not know what the fleahop is. (There are a few teens working there, maybe you talked with one of them?)

When I watch the crowds on Saturday night, I'm disappointed that the audience has changed so much from when I was a kid there.

And just for reference. I'm currently 40 years old. I started skating at Brookpark when I was 4 (1970). I was there almost every saturday afternoon while growing up. When my parents felt I was old enough (15) I was allowed to go to the Saturday night session with my older brother (8pm - 11pm) my dad would pick me up at 11 and let my brother stay for the 11pm-1am session. When I was finally old enough to stay the late session (Which was amazing to watch. The couple's flea hop was something to see!) they changed the schedule to 8 - midnight. I was there whey they brought the DJ in and changed the format for some nights.

As for the present, I have been working there since 2002 as a floor guard usually working 2-3 sessions a week, and coming in to skate for the enjoyment on Thursday evenings.

I miss the snowball.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #7
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I skated in Lorain as a kid...very regularly...nice rink..but it was always special when I was able to go to Brookpark...I consdered that the mecca. This was many years ago..........I called Brookpark recently....and the person answering did not know what the flea hop was and things are DJ on Friday-Sat nights...and so I concluded that rink changed...but I guess some of you think it didn't. When I went there in the mid-late 70s, it was organ music Friday and Sat nights.....many good skaters skated on the inside circle.....they had couples skates, 2 sets of dance specials, a couple of circle waltzes and .... my favorite....the flea hop special "for those who flea hop only". I guess they now have organ in the morning...but this is not "prime time".

Now I am in Southern Cal....rinks are not as nice or large....no hardwood floor, DJ only.....no flea hop.....no dance specials, no circle waltz...not even couples skates.....I was told that this is due to some law suit concern....how stupid. Did not really see a lot of good skaters, and did not get a feel that there were many there that go regularly and knew each other. I guess the hip hop and other radio music is considered by some to be beneficial....but if I were a kid today going to a skating rink session.....I would not be inspired to improve and go regularly....would not get to watch the good skaters in the middle and want to be like them..... would never get to meet girls by having the opportunity to ask them to couples skate....etc. In California, the rink stating I know does not exist...and I do not think the current status is an improvement.
I remember well the fun that we had whenever we went to the Brookpark rink. The organ music, the great skaters,waltz and dance skating, skating on the center figure circles and the Flea Hop was always the best.

Your statement about the reaction of kids going to a rink today...... nothing in todays sessions to inspire you to become a better skater, music that by and large is not fit to skate to, no good skaters to watch and if good skaters come to the session they are not allowed to skate to their potential. Todays sessions are basically slow forwards skating done in a rink kept so dark as to be dangerous for all skaters. This darkness makes it impossible for the beginner skaters to observe quality skaters if those good skaters were even allowed to skate up to their potential! Many rinks do not allow skating backwards during the session! Is it any wonder that in many areas roller skating rinks are closing, their very methods of running their rinks drives customers away. Todays rink management style is killing the roller skating business and unfortunately I do not think they understand the impact of the faulty management system that they perpetuate!

I do hope that the Brookpark rink has kept its high standards of management and still run sessions comparable to those I so enjoyed in the sixties and seventies. I live about 130 miles away from the rink but others at this forum live much closer to the rink. I do hope that some of these others at the forum that live close enough to go to the rink on a regular basis will respond with updated information about the sessions of today.

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