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Foxcroft Skating Rink, 2304 Kneece Road: 1980s   26 comments

Posted at 11:47 pm in Uncategorized

I'm not absolutely certain that this was the Foxcroft Skating Rink but judging from some of the comments on my Redwing Rollerway post, and a recent comment on Have Your Say, this building appears to be the only one plausible. I was never a skater back in the day, so I had no personal experience with the place. Currently the building is a school.

Kneece Road is an odd little dirt road that connects Brookfield Road (where RNE High School is) with O'Neil Court (formerly Hunt Club Road on that stretch) and runs behind the U-Haul center and the old Decker Mall. I drive down it from time to time when I'm going to my storage unit or just for fun, though it can be very iffy on your suspension at points. There is a Foxcroft Road two blocks further up Decker Boulevard. I have no idea why the rink was called that rather than "Kneece Skating Rink" or "Brookfield Skating Rink" though.

Written by ted on March 30th, 2009

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  1. I was too young for this one. I did go there once when we picked up my sister after a day of skating. I recall it being a flea market during the late 80s.

    Mr Bill

    31 Mar 09 at 1:15 pm

  2. There was an apartment complex nearby called Foxcroft, hence the rink's name.


    31 Mar 09 at 5:17 pm

  3. Actually that was the name of the original owners I believe they owned the apartments as was later bought by a family named Kearny but the name stayed foxcroft.


    25 Jun 09 at 4:21 am

  4. This is the old Foxcroft I worked there as a teenager. They just remodeled the building.

    Lots of great memories there!

    David E

    4 Feb 10 at 9:52 pm

  5. This is definately the old Foxcroft skating rink! Randy Walston managed it for years back in the late 70's and Mr. Long out of Sumter owned it long before the Kearney's. There are alot of people on facebook that could identify with times spent here!

    Susan E

    17 Feb 10 at 9:55 pm

  6. If you went to the snack bar and got them to put a bit of each fountain tap as your drink that was called a.... suicide!
    "Couples only, please, couples only...."

    Midnight Rambler

    18 Feb 10 at 9:16 am

  7. I used to skate here as a kid. It was the step down from Redwing. It was smaller than the Redwing and seemed to me more redneck. I remember skating to the Devil Went Down to Georgia. And yes I had plenty of suicides here too.


    12 Jan 11 at 10:58 pm

  8. Oh yeah! You just brought back some memories. I live in Jackson Mississippi now, but back in the 80s I used to live at Pine Meadows Apartments (Now it's called The Reserve at Windsor Park) on Faraway drive and we used to go to Foxcroft to skate and breakdance. Those were the days. Before I had a job and mortgage payments!


    6 May 11 at 6:28 pm

  9. FoxCroft was the place to skate as it was there before Red Wing was. When Red Wing opened, it was like, you were either a FoxCroft skater or a Red Wing skater. You couldn’t be both. I always remained true to FoxCroft and their wonderful pizza. The blisters on my feet would basicaly cover the entire sole of my foot, but it was worth it. Where else would I have heard MJ’s “Off the Wall”, and the Lionel Ritchie led Commadores. I think I learned to shoot pool at Foxcroft as well. Can I get a “Backwards skaters or a couples only” shout out? How 'bout a "shoot the duck"?


    25 May 11 at 12:18 pm

  10. My great grandfather was the Kneece who formed Kneece road. Back then, he owned all the property which was farms. He rented them out, and eventually made a road.


    3 Jul 11 at 1:54 am

  11. I spent every Friday and / or Saturday night at Foxcroft. Palmetto's right, you were either a Foxcroft skater or a Red Wing skater. Never both. I didn't care for Red Wing personally because at Foxcroft, Mrs. Kearny was really a sweet lady and her skating ring was hopping. There were some really fantastic skaters that would get in the middle circle of the rink and do some pretty awesome spins. Anyone remember the breakdancing on skates competition? LOL
    I learned to play pool here too!!!

    Miz T

    9 Aug 11 at 3:34 pm

  12. OMG, yes! I met what became my first husband there! I was 15 and it was November, 1981 I believe. Even though I was there on most Friday nights, I don't think I ever put on a pair of skates! We played pool and hung out with other friends. There was a DJ upstairs above the entrance/exit I think. A snack bar with fountain drinks. I think I stopped going in 1982.


    27 Aug 11 at 9:19 am

  13. @ bs tshirts Hmmm...


    27 Oct 12 at 7:57 am

  14. This was the location of the Foxcroft skating rink. I am friends of Robert Kearney. We went to RNE together in the 80s and his family owned it at that time. Robert would DJ a lot. I'm sure he would have photos from BITD. I'll let him know about this blog.


    9 Oct 13 at 3:04 pm

  15. This is indeed old foxcroft,Helen Kearney owned it back in the day took me under her wing when I was 5taught me to figure skate, at 11 i converted over to redwing with Mrs moak & palmetto skate team (ultimate betrayal lol among rinks) our team coach Jim Brown did indeed purchase the foxcroft rink during it's abandoned time period, tried to revamp it, changed name to sandlapper but it was failure ,Redwing and Decker Blvd was just the place to be .. we did however though for many years continue to practice inside even without electricity and freezing cold before regionals and national tournaments , it continued to sit last time I skated in there before moving and relocating to Charlotte NC skate club :)


    19 Apr 16 at 11:54 pm

  16. Loved it !!!! Was the place to be every Friday and Saturday Night. Loved the the music and the good friends back then. I remember my dad would drop me off Friday I would go home with a friend and he would pick me back up Saturday night at closing

    Dee R.

    30 Apr 18 at 6:45 pm

  17. Foxcroft... so many many memories!!! Hanging with our friends, making out in the back corner w/ Sid. The 80s were so awesome, haha!


    12 Jul 18 at 9:17 pm

  18. Since I am a regular on here, I just want to clarify, Susan ain't talking about me. lol. I don't know her.


    12 Jul 18 at 10:02 pm

  19. Pretty sure this was also called Sandlapper, at one point. And also, at one point, was used for an indoor flea market.

    I remember both. Shopping the flea market, and the skating rink. And putting all of my quarters in the Kung Fu Master arcade machine. We lived in the nearby Foxcroft East apartments, and Woodfield Park neighborhood, and a trailer park... Hunt Club Forest.

    And of course, I got here after searching Red Wing Rollerway.


    31 Jan 20 at 12:43 am

  20. Yes! That is the original Foxcroft Skating Rink. I was there every Saturday.


    22 Dec 20 at 4:20 pm

  21. I am 51 now. But when I was in the 4th grade. Fox Croft was the greatest place to me. 3.00 Saturdays.
    Funky town was the big song by lips inc.
    suicides were the drink and The best skater was Roger he was the referee of the rink. He would skate with a young white girl named nicknamed Tootie. She was beautiful to my little 5th grade mind.
    My god the years went fast. Just like Momma said they would.
    We lived in Alpine Rd trailer park and I went to Windsor Elementary school with Stephen West, Marty Peake, Jamie Good and Nichol Lynch. Would love to reunite with my crew. I loved them all. Only have contact with Nicole now.


    22 Jan 21 at 7:55 pm

  22. Jamison, did you attend EL Wright also? I am 49 and we may have crossed paths. Or you may have crossed paths with my sister. I was there in the 7th grade in 83-84. And 2 months into my 8th grade year. Then moved over to Dent.


    23 Jan 21 at 9:08 pm

  23. We lived in Columbia and Fort Jackson 1980-1988. I attended RNE 1985-1987. I remember skating there ALOT. My brother, John Stribling, was a few years younger but was one of the best speed/trick/groove/disco skaters I knew. He continued to skate into his early to late 30's. Lost him to a heart attack, 2018. Loved FOXCROFT!


    29 Apr 21 at 6:41 pm

  24. I skated in the original building that looked like a warehouse. I was a "skate guard" and was there every Friday and Saturday night back in the mid to late 70s. A lot of good times and great friendships there. Brings back some great memories.


    30 Aug 21 at 10:06 am

  25. Just realized that this is the original building or at least looks like it. Back in the 70s you entered on the long side of the building. Threw me off a little with the doors on the end. Don't remember all those windows on the side of the building.


    30 Aug 21 at 10:10 am

  26. Dose anyone know what ever happened to the kearneys?


    8 Apr 22 at 1:34 am

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