STOMPING GROUNDS: Skate Country wheeling out fun

By DANA BOYD

Colorful lights dance across a wide floor, glimmering on a room full of adventure.

Skate Country, a roller rink on Tucson’s far east side, opened its doors in 1972. The rink still works hard to bring wholesome family entertainment to Tucsonans.

“We are keenly aware of the times and what the public and in particular our new generation of kids demand,” says a statement on the Skate Country website.

Trying to meet that demand, Skate Country created weekly schedules that cater to customers. Sunday is Family Night. Monday’s Dollar Night offers reduced admission. On Thursday’s Adult Night, skaters must be 18 or older to attend.

The rink is open an average of 360 days a year for family recreation. On most weekday nights, the facility can be rented for birthday parties and other special events.

General admission is $4, and weekend admission costs $8. The skate rental fee is $3.

Along with skating, arcade games and a full snack bar, Skate Country features a pro shop where skaters can purchase roller skates, laces and colorful wheels.

Skating is a tradition for Tucsonan Perry Biberdorf and his family. Biberdorf met his wife at a skating rink, and now they bring their family from Avra Valley to Skate Country every Sunday.

Biberdorf said it is definitely worth the long drive to the East Side.

Serving Tucson for more than 40 years, Skate Country is a local “Stomping Ground” where skaters grow up and return with little skaters of their own.

Derek Walker, 15, works at Skate Country dealing out skates.

Derek Walker, 15, works behind the rental counter at Skate Country. (Aztec Press photo by Dana Boyd)

FYI

Skate Country

Address: 7980 E 22nd St.

Website: skatecountry.com

Phone: 298-4409

Hours: Monday 4-8 p.m., Tuesday/Wednesday 4-6 p.m., Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 1-10 p.m., Sunday 1-9 p.m.

 

 

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