Thread: Skating rinks

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    Hey anyone remember the skating rink? Tell everyone about it!
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    I loved going to the local skating rink. It was called Shaler Skateland, then Romp 'n Roll after they added one of those big play areas like you see at McDonalds. You know, with the tubes, slides, and ball pit.

    Anyway, I remember that in addition to Free Skate, they would have games like the limbo & the hokey pokey. There was a DJ who took requests -- much of what I hear on XM's 90s channel brings back memories of the skating rink. Before they added the play area, there was a space for little kids to skate in, called the Rookie Rink. I think the place is still around, though from what I hear it's mostly become a place for jr. high kids to make out and (probably) do drugs.
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    The rink in my hometown closed just about a year or so ago. It was really popular back in the '80s. That was the main place I played the TMNT arcade game, and the first place I ever saw a NEO-GEO cabinet. I guess it just went out of style or something.
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    I remember going on class feild trips to the arena and playing tag and crack the whip. I also skated outside on ponds, lakes, and homemade ice rinks. And one winter on the Rideau Canal.

    We had a rollerskating rink called wheelies where they played music and did the hokey pokey and the chicken dance and all that stuff. It became really uncool when I was about 11. But as far as I know it's still open.
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    Used to do roller skating for special olympics

    however due to lack of interest (and the rink we were using was going to be sold to someone else) they nuked that program

    so boat you
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    Yeah, I shoulda mentioned the rink I was talking about was a rollerskating rink. Being in Texas, I don't think of ice skating very often. The nearest ice rink I know of is in Fort Worth, about an hour away.

    Anyone else ever have a pair of old fashioned rollerskates that required a key?
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    I used to Skate a Pattesons West in Federal Way, WA. My elementary school used to have skating parties and I think I had a birthday party there one year. Memories...
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    Quote by flamepanther

    Anyone else ever have a pair of old fashioned rollerskates that required a key?


    The only roller skates I owned were the adjustable fisher price ones that strapped on over yout shoes. I got roller blades for my 10th birthday and never looked back.
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    I've been to a roller rink once back in 92 or 93 some girl in my class had her birthday party there. I remember they had group skating to slow jamz like Freak Me. It's so fuuny I was thinking about roller rinks again because my cousin is having his birthday party at the same one I went to back in the 90s. I'm so curious just to see how it has change if at all.
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    The skating rink was always an exciting field trip for school and for day care. and then there was always drama when it came to the snowball skate (couples only) and you wanted to skate with your crush but some other person stole them! oh the memories!!

    i think just about everyone i knew had their birthday party there atleast once!! they tore our skating rink down a few years ago too....replaced it with a grocery store. bummer...
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    Quote by bigpimpsmith69
    yeah i remember there was a couples skate and i wanted to skate with my crush and one of her friends got to her before i did. so i knew the dj there and i challenged that guy to a speed skate.whoever wins gets to skate with the girl.well we started off and he tripped me but i got up and i lapped him to skate with the girl afterwards i skated with her we became a couple and we are getting married sometime this year and this only happened about 5 years ago when we were both in high school.


    omg!! that's awesome!! and just think, it all started at the skating rink! maybe you should have your reception there! lol. jk. that's great though, congratulations!!!!
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    We had a place with a jugle gym playplace, mini golf (with a waterfall!) and a roller rink. I think it might have closed. Man that place was awesome.

    As for skating rinks, we would go to the one by the beach, but now there's one a few blocks from my house.
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    I used to skate at Radnor Rolls in PA. Mostly I would go for birthday parties...I remember there was an arcade there too and you could play skee ball and get tickets for really crappy prizes. Remember how unreasonably heavy those old skates were? It was like wearing bricks on your feet! It was so scary when you fell because other people behind you would fall over you....Ahhh good times
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    I recall a place like that here in town. Sadly it closed down years ago but it was still fun.

    I couldn't and still can't skate for the life of me but I wanted to join in with my friends so I"d maneuver myself around the rink by hanging on to the wall. haha

    I even had a birthday party at this place one year. Great times.
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    used to go to skate king seattle for parties and school field trips...goodtimes
    lol they had a giant skate on display...that was the size of a car near the back of the rink hahah they had some cool games that we played on the rink that involved a huge furry dice and different neon lights...i love the 90s
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    I used to be a regular at the big wheel, the rink in my hometown. They liked to play all of the late 80's dance music. I even had my birthday party there!!!
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    I couldn't skate so I was at the arcade the entire time
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    Oh boy! I went back to that rink on Saturday for the birthday party and guess what is is exactly the same! It was like I was back in the 90s. They hardly played any new music and the new music they did play was no good mostly reggaeton and Hiliary Duff. And they still had the same orange wheeled 4 wheelers. I was comforted at first then I was just creeped out.
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    The local rink that I used to go to is still up and running and quite popular yet. Back when we hung out there it was a place for the older kids to drink and smoke and just hang out. It was a seedy establishment. Now they have cleaned it up and its mainly for tweeners ( thats what they like to be called right?).
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    Our local rink was called J-4 Roller Rink. I loved the name since my name starts with J and I was born on abril fourth. I remember breking by arm there and getting my first broaken heart. Most of the songs from the 80's remind me of the rink. Every year my grade school would end the year with a scating party. It was like a school dance wondering who would ask you do the twilight scate with them. If you where lucky then a boy asked you if you weren't lucky then you had to scate with a friend. Sadly it closed in 1999. I guess people would rather scate outside then in a rink.
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