Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 24, 2014 11:38 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — The rumbling sounds of roller skates gliding over the aged hardwood floor will be silenced in Mount Vernon after this weekend after more than 70 years of activity. Business at another local landmark will soon cease when Skateland Roller Park shuts its doors following the close of business Saturday. The closing of the roller rink at 9 Pittsburgh Ave. was recently announced by rink owner Kenny Daughriety.

“The number of kids has dropped. It’s kind of like exercise anymore to do this,” said Daughriety. “Today’s kids aren’t what we were growing up. Now kids stay home and play Playstation or Xbox.”

Skateland opened in 1940 and has operated almost continuously as a roller skating rink ever since. Only during World War II was it shut down when the building was reportedly used to make raincoats for the military at the time. Daughriety purchased the business in 1998, renovating the interior of the structure and bringing it more up to date with games and sound equipment. The current skating floor is original from 1940.

“I’m going to miss most of the kids. It’s bittersweet,” said Daughriety. “But times have changed.”

He was unsure of any future plans for the property. Hours at Skateland will be 7 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

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