Viewfinder: Photos from Past King's Skate Country Outings

King's Skate Country has been located on Bradshaw Road for almost 40 years. We want to see photos from years past.

We asked, and boy did we receive! Last night we posted a call for photos from past King's Skate Country outings. Here are some of the pictures we received.

We asked because when we posted an article Wednesday about , we received an outpouring of comments reminiscing about years of fun there.

Dan King, co-owner of the family business, insists that roller skating is about the same thing now as it was in 1972 when he opened the rink: skating to the music, being with friends and maybe talking to a girl or boy who catches your eye.

Obviously in the 1970s things looked a little different, and we want to see how! If you have photos from trips to King's Skate Country years (or decades) ago, post them on this article or e-mail them to cody.kitaura@patch.com.

Debi Kassis February 10, 2011 at 04:05 PM
My children grew up at Kings Skate Country as we are in the neighborhood. So many of their birthday parties were held there. Some of our most fondest memories are nestled in those walls. The "Limbo", "Red Light Green Light", and the Happy Birthday sang personally at all the parties. Our daughter just celebrated her 25th birthday at Kings Skate with many of her friends sharing in the memory. I know that everytime I drive by that area, music and laughter will still echo from the corner of Bradshaw and Folsom Blvd. KingsSkate will be sorely missed. D. Kassis
Bob Cook February 12, 2011 at 06:33 AM
Wow! After all these years I am left speechless. I grew up with Kings Skate since they first opened. From skating there as a young child, to holding hands with my puppy love as a young teenager as we glided around the ring to that slow love song. I was also one of those groupies in the 1980's that remembers how much fun those times were. That was the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night to hang out with friends, pick up on the girls or have a great game of roller hockey. My own kids grew up on the rink as well and I will be forever grateful to the King family for all the good times they brought me, my family and all those that were fortunate enough to lace-up their skates and take to the rink. Thanks for the memory's and for sticking with the us through the good times and bad times. You will truly be missed. I think it would be safe to say that most of us first learned the phrase "Red Light, Green Light" in the building on the corner of Bradshaw and Folsom Blvd. That corner of our beloved community will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you Bob Cook Rosemont


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