I’m a skating enthusiast from way back! I started skating when I was really old... like 17. It took me a whole year of skating once every week, to get to the point that I was comfortable on my skates. By then I was able to skate forward, backward, and do pretty well on the fast skate. So at 18, I applied for a job at the rink and I was hired. Shortly after that I bought my first pair of skates (used), and I started practicing with the speed team. Since then I’ve skated six years of roller speed competition. It was tons of fun and a great workout! I only reason I stopped skating speed was because our local rink closed, and the nearest speed practice was 90 minutes away.
I’ve worked in several skating rinks over the years, mostly as program director however I started as a ‘floor guard’ as most do. Yes, I even worked at Roller King in Modesto. I know you want proof, so here’s a couple old photos. (Look at that hair!)
So at this point, you’re probably wondering, “Why is this website here?” It’s simple, and personal. I want to go skating at a local, clean, fun skating rink where I can make friends with other roller skaters. It’s so much more fun to skate indoors with other skaters, than to skate on the street dodging cars, pedestrians, gravel, pot holes and dogs!
Quite simply, nothing can replace a skating rink. But with so many skating rinks closing over the past few years, investors have got to be skeptical about investing in one. So, it is up to us to show them that we are interested in skating at a local skating rink, and we are willing to put our money where our mouth is.
By completing this survey, you are giving me research facts to put in front of investors. When we can demonstrate that there is enough interest for them to finance this project, then we are going to see a skating rink here in our town again. But we have to have community support, before they are going to invest in a skating rink here.
How many other activities can you think of that families can do together safely, and everyone has a good time? A local skating rink will normally have a session for just about everyone. An adult night, a family night, the weekend jam sessions, and afternoon sessions for the little ones. Plus there’s skating lessons to help beginners, competitions to challenge advanced skaters, and all night skates for those who just can’t get enough! (You know who you are.)
Please take few minutes to complete our survey, so we can show potential investors that you do want a local skating rink in our town!