RIVERDALE ROLLER RINK
RIVERDALE ROLLER RINK, was off East Avenue in Warwick.
It was owned by the Ernest Young family. It was on the second floor of an
old mill building. Mr. Young used to take a lot of pride telling folks about
the floating floor. He used to claim the skating surface was laid on
automobile springs. The rink was a RSROA (Roller Skating Rings of America)
and had a pro on staff who would not only teach basic skating but also dance,
figure, and free-style skating. Riverdale had a strict dress code and catered
more to the serious skater. In the sixties the Young’s closed the old rink after
they built a new one right on East Avenue. The last I knew the new building
housed a plumbing business and the old building is a warehouse.
-photo courtesy of Fred Deusch (Pictured on right)
View Fred on Skate Stilts HERE
"I met my wife at Riverdale and we just celebrated our 54th anniversary.
Our old skates are still ranking in the cellar. I’d still love to put them on but
I’m afraid the old bones might be a bit fragile."
- Fred Deusch
Posted by Jen at 2:52 PM