MOUNT VERNON — The lights will go up one last time tonight on Pittsburgh Avenue as Skateland will be closing its doors. For over 70 years the wooden floors have been home to wheels revolving to the sounds of each generation as they have come together to share in memories, music and friendship. Kenny Daughriety Sr., said he has been aware of the closing for two weeks.
Skateland was quite crowded Friday night with hoards of children and teenagers coming in with friends and parents to converse and hang out with their peers. Cindy Schubert brought her daughter Vanessa Schubert, 11, to Skateland on Friday evening to skate.
“My mom would bring us down here, me and my brothers. We’d come down every weekend. I was probably around 13 years old. Back then my mom could just drop us off and leave us, you know? I can’t do that with her,” said Cindy.
Although the skating has stayed the same, there is much about the skate center that has changed over the years.
Cindy said the skating room used to have carpeted walls and there weren’t any games or snack bar options. Cindy told the News now that Skateland is closing, that most likely she’ll be taking Vanessa to Newark or Columbus, which both have ice skating rinks.
“I like hanging out with my friends and skating,” said Vanessa, as she was preparing to go onto the floor with her friends. She said she’s been coming to Skateland for “a few years.”
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