Want to bring skating back to our town?
If you used to roller skate, then you likely have fond memories of going to the skating rink every week, maybe several times per week. In fact, it might have been the highlight of your week because you knew you’d be seeing your skating friends, having fun, and showing off your skating skills. Remember how being called a “show off” was actually a complement.
So where have all the skating rinks gone? The short story is that they became influenced by sources other than their ‘roller skating’ customers. So, does this mean that skating is "dead" or, that rink owners simply lost touch with what skaters want? Trust me when I tell you that skating is definitely not dead.
When you go visit a skating rink, it’s obviously because you want to skate. But, what really makes you want to come back to that rink? Logic would tell us that it’s because you want to skate again. But that’s not the whole story. Skaters are social creatures by nature, they like having fun and making friends.
So, when a skating rink stops promoting activities that require you to skate with someone, that kills the friend making aspect of roller skating in that rink. The way most rinks are ran today, you could spend two hours inside one, and never meet another person.
Let’s just "turn back the clock" and make skating fun again. It would be great for our community, great for skaters and allow skating rinks to prosper again. Below are my thoughts on what would be involved, and things we could do differently.
For a skating rink to be successful today, it needs to:
- Play skating music not "radio music"
- Create an atmosphere that promotes making friends
- Do those fun skating activities that skaters enjoy
- Be clean, well maintained and well managed
- Give you ‘team’ discounts on skates, accessories and services
- Provide skating classes that help you skate better
- Have healthy snacks in the snackbar, not just the usual choices
- Create a safe and secure "community" for the whole family
- Support roller sports like speed skating, roller derby, figure skating and dance skating
Below is an amateur video of a ladies roller speed race, held in Citrus Heights. Watch Modesto come in first and second place! If the video does not display on your mobile device, you may need to add Adobe Flash Player. Click here for more information.
I’m a skating enthusiast from way back. I started skating when I was really old... 17. It took me a whole year, skating every week, to get a job at the rink. And then I joined the speed team. Since then I’ve skated six years of competition, and only stopped because our local rink closed.
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.
So by now, I’m thinking that your are 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.
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 our 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.
There are very few things that families can do together, where everyone has a good time. At your local skating rink there’s 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, and show our investors that you want a local skating rink!
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You can help make a difference!
Our investors are only going to commit to building a rink in areas where people have demonstrated a strong interest. So as soon as we have enough surveys completed, our investors will take a look at your comments, and decide if they want to invest in our town. Show your support today!
If you think Modesto is a good area to invest in a skating rink, you can make it happen faster by completing our survey and spreading the word to others who may enjoy skating at a local roller rink. Take a few moments now to fill out the survey here, and then let your friends and acquaintences know about it.