Skating Rink Closes After 30 Years

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The skating rink, Skatetown USA in Staunton, closed its doors to the public after 30 years Saturday night.

The owners sold the business to Smiley Tile Carpet One. Melessa Smiley, a flooring consultant with the company, said that Skatetown USA was going to close, regardless of a potential buyer. The sale to Smiley Tile Carpet One was unrelated to the closing of the skating rink.

"A property has to go up for sale before it can be sold," said Smiley.

The sale will be finalized in mid-August.

Some community members who have spent most of their lives going to the rink said they are sad to see the business go.

Linzee Miers, a 16-year-old that has been going to the rink since she was four, said it was sad saying goodbye.

"Looking around just brought so many memories of how we met, how people fell, how I fell, how I was taught to skate," said Miers.

Miers said many of her friends shared the same feeling on Saturday night, the last night the rink was open.

"There was people going out of Skatetown crying there was people that didn't wanna leave," Miers said.

Miers' friend Brittany Maddox said she will probably spend most of her time watching TV now that the rink is closed.

"It kept us busy in the weekends. It gave us something to do because we don't have a mall anymore so Skatetown is all we had," Maddox said.

However, this is not the only worry Maddox has.

"I think a lot more kids are going to be getting into more trouble. There's gonna be more things started. probably more drugs being handed out to teenagers," he said.

Miers' dad, Michael, said he does not know if kids will get into trouble, but the rink certainly helped to get kids off the street and meet people.

"They will have to look for other things to do, other places to go or skate out of town," Michael said.

Miers said she hopes they will open another skating rink in town, otherwise, it will be difficult to keep busy during the weekend.


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