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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:58 PM   #141
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Default midway skating center in miami fl

was the place to be in miami in the early 80s now is church
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Old March 30th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #142
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My rink just got new owners last week (after 30 years under the same management). This past Saturday night was the first night with the new people. It was awful and none of the regulars come anymore because they all got kicked out for "going faster than the other kids." So, although my rink is still around, it's definitely not the same :[ Ughhhh it's so depressing! And I'm pretty sure it's going to close down soon because of a complete drop in the number of customers.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 06:07 PM   #143
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Default Skating Rinks Stil Open or Closed.

All I can vouch for is Pinellas County, Florida. Skate key in Pinellas Park, Fl is gone, it is now a CVS. 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". In Tampa Florida, so far we can only find United Skates of America rinks. 1 in downtown Tampa near Tampa Stadium, ad the other is Near Busch Gardens. Tampa may have more rinks, but these are the only 2 with a Pro Shop that has skates/Boots you can try on.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #144
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Default Braddock Heights Roller Rink

I have a book about Maryland Amusement Parks. In it, It had Braddock Heights Amusement Parks. The Park had a roller rink. Even after the park closed in 1964, the rink remained open until Aug. 19, 1998. It burned down by an arson fire. Here is a link of a history site about Braddock Heights.

http://braddockheights.tripod.com/id22.htm
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Old April 27th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #145
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Default Me again :)

I posted earlier in this thread about Wigan Roller Rink in Lancashire, England...

Well, it can be taken off the list of "closed rinks" now as it re-opened last weekend!

Here's agood pic of the main skating area, taken from near the bar area:


And here's one of the snack bar area:


I'm hoping to get down there this weekend and will try to get some pics of the rink itself with skaters
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #146
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Man what a dream come true....to have your old rink reopen. Best wishes from this side of the Pond!

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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:15 AM   #147
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College Park Skating Center Virginia beach,Va. It closed a few years ago. Was open for 30+ years. It became a bingo hall a few years ago. It was torn down a year or so ago. It was a sad day for me and my friends/family.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 08:44 PM   #148
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hey brikee i didnt see roller world on there, in wharton new jersey, my wife and i had our first date there in 84 we were in fifth grade! we wound up finding each other again in 92! 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!!!!
I am pretty sure Wheels in Motion in Dover, NJ closed in 2003 -- sometime around Sept I think.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #149
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College Park Skating Center Virginia beach,Va. It closed a few years ago. Was open for 30+ years. It became a bingo hall a few years ago. It was torn down a year or so ago. It was a sad day for me and my friends/family.
They have College Park skating re-unions at Kempsville Family skating every few months. I know a few people that were College Park Skaters. Come on down to Kempsville we are usually there on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Thursday nights and some Saturday nights.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #150
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They have College Park skating re-unions at Kempsville Family skating every few months. I know a few people that were College Park Skaters. Come on down to Kempsville we are usually there on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Thursday nights and some Saturday nights.
It be nice..but I'm 13-14 hours away. I use to go to kempsville on sunday nights for the 8-10pm session.
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Old May 9th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #151
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Default The Rollercade in Petersburg Virginia

First it was known as Skateland. Then I think it burned down and when they rebuilt it, it became Rollercade. I worked there as a DJ from about 1994-1998 off and on. BEST JOB EVER. Paid very little. Did very little. But oh, what fun. It was sold in the early 2000's to an Indian (the country not the one's who run casinos) hotel company in 2006 according to business records I've located but it's currently closed and in a state of major disrepair. I think a Hurricane did some damage to the roof and floor and they just never rebounded. We're down to maybe 4 rinks within an hour drive of Richmond now. Sad.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 09:47 PM   #152
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Ummm...... Is it just me or does anyone else notice the poles in the center??
It seems like they are an accident just waiting to happen.


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I posted earlier in this thread about Wigan Roller Rink in Lancashire, England...

Well, it can be taken off the list of "closed rinks" now as it re-opened last weekend!

Here's agood pic of the main skating area, taken from near the bar area:


And here's one of the snack bar area:


I'm hoping to get down there this weekend and will try to get some pics of the rink itself with skaters
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Old May 13th, 2010, 10:58 PM   #153
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Well yeah, not everyone has the luxury of clear span buildings to skate in. I can remember quite a few with center roof support poles. It's manageable and adds a degree of challange!

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Old May 14th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #154
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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.

They also help some of the newer skaters get around the turns!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:44 AM   #155
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Default Rollercade and 1958

Tony,

My mother skated there in 1958. I recently lost her. Her name, Donna Waters.
She had won Intermediate Ladies 440 Yards - 0:47.0 - Donna Waters - Detroit, MI - Jul 30, 1958 at Cleveland, OH and Junior Womens Quads 1958 Donna Waters, Detroit, MI all posted @ Usarollersports.org.

She dance skated, if that was what they called it. I don't know where her trophys are but she had some. I was trying to find older skaters from the Detroit Area to see if I could find old photo's.

If you can steer me in any new direction it would be much appreciated!

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 02:40 PM   #156
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Default Capital Region New York Skating Rinks

Hi all,
I am fortunate enough to live within 20 min of two open rinks (Rollarama in Rotterdam, NY and Guptill's in Latham, NY), within 45 min of two others (High Rollers in Amsterdam, NY and the Fun Spot in Queensbury, NY), within 1.5 hrs of several more (Skate Time 209 in Ulster, NY Interskate 88 in Oneonta, NY) and the list goes on. One mile up the road from my home is the site of the old Starburst Rink which was sold about 7 years ago and is now my beloved Gold's Gym so I'm okay with it having closed

But, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I cannot recall the name of the fly-by-night rink that operated in Albany in the early 80s!!! It was a rink located behind the Westgate Plaza on Central Ave. in Albany and was owned by a group of young NYC men. It featured a terrible composite floor and had a DJ tower in the center of the floor. It was there for maybe 4 or 5 years and featured music from the clubs in NYC, before that music was popular in upstate NY, and it drew a very urban crowd.

Anybody know anything about this rink? Exact years open??? Name???

Thanks for any help!!!
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:49 AM   #157
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Default Linden Roller Rink & other rinks - Columbus, Ohio USA

I hung out at Linden Roller Rink in Columbus, Ohio during the 1970's for 5-6 years. Knew just about everyone who was a regular. I ended up converting to artistic freeskating where i eventually went to nationals once and placed 6th in intermediate mens singles in 1979, then going into the US air force. i skated at a number of skating rinks in the central ohio and ohio areas during that time frame.
Sunbury, Reyoldsburg, USA West, USA North, fairborn, lancaster, newark and others. Recently A friend at the time, Jimmy Bell (Linden RR) contacted me and said he had found me via a skate forum post I had made. Thing is, when I joined the military in 1979 little did I realize that I would travel the globe for 30 years in various ways and finally end up in Melbourne, Australia where I live now. Life can be strange, we have to keep going. I remember my days at the Linden roller rink fondly.

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Old January 21st, 2011, 03:17 PM   #158
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I wanna say it was called Wheels Plus. but BEHIND the plaza...
I have a box of yellow pages from back in the day, and we skated there once on a road trip out of Boston. Odd floor for sure, but music was outstanding.
I probably have a flier or schedule or brocure in the old "skate Box" I never visit a rink without takin one, and i been doing that since 1979!!
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I am fortunate enough to live within 20 min of two open rinks (Rollarama in Rotterdam, NY and Guptill's in Latham, NY), within 45 min of two others (High Rollers in Amsterdam, NY and the Fun Spot in Queensbury, NY), within 1.5 hrs of several more (Skate Time 209 in Ulster, NY Interskate 88 in Oneonta, NY) and the list goes on. One mile up the road from my home is the site of the old Starburst Rink which was sold about 7 years ago and is now my beloved Gold's Gym so I'm okay with it having closed

But, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I cannot recall the name of the fly-by-night rink that operated in Albany in the early 80s!!! It was a rink located behind the Westgate Plaza on Central Ave. in Albany and was owned by a group of young NYC men. It featured a terrible composite floor and had a DJ tower in the center of the floor. It was there for maybe 4 or 5 years and featured music from the clubs in NYC, before that music was popular in upstate NY, and it drew a very urban crowd.

Anybody know anything about this rink? Exact years open??? Name???

Thanks for any help!!!
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 09:44 AM   #159
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While on the way to a speed meet in Ohio, I took a slight detour to see if that little rink in Maxwell IN was still there, and it is. It is called The Blaze Roller Rink. They don't have their hours posted on the door, but did list a web site. I haven't checked that out yet, but will eventually get to it. I wonder how that old concrete floor is doing?
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 09:23 PM   #160
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I was a rink rat at what was called the Hollywood Skating Center on Johnson street in Hollywood, Florida. This was in the 70s and early 80s. It was owned at the time by a family with the last name Barille. I had great times here. My first job as a teen was at the snack bar. The rental skate counter was worked by a girl named Susan for many years. I understand the Barilles sold it and soon after that it closed and the building housed a screen print T-shirt business for a long time.
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