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Foxcroft Skating Rink, 2304 Kneece Road: 1980s   14 comments

Posted at 11:47 pm in business,entertainment,historic

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.

    Tom

    31 Mar 09 at 5:17 pm

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

    tim

    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.

    Tim

    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!

    Terrance

    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"?

    palmettopanic

    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.

    Meg

    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.

    Cindy

    27 Aug 11 at 9:19 am

  13. @ bs tshirts Hmmm...

    Rick

    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.

    William

    9 Oct 13 at 3:04 pm

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