By Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
It’s very possible that prehistoric man did some ice skating, and competitive skating became a thing before 1900. Roller skating got rolling in the 1930s and got hotter than hot in the 70s. Inline skating caught on in the 1990s.
Skateboarding arose in the 50s when surfers decided it was possible to surf on concrete. In the last couple of decades, skating sports have ridden a huge wave of popularity. Whether you’re ready to shred or just want to observe, here are some great places to check out the skating scene in Dallas.
Take it Back to the Old School
For blast-from-the-past parties or something different to do, visit one of DFW’s remaining old school roller rinks. Interskate Roller Rink in Lewisville has a huge (and beautiful!) skating floor and a state-of-the-arts sound system to rock your world. Skaters with or without disco days memories can rent traditional skates, speed skates or inline skates for a whirl around the floor.
Dare to Derby
Roller Derby as a sport had all but disappeared by the 1970s, but modern day roller derby is emerging now with quite a bang. The new style skating sport got started in Austin in the early 2000s. Flat tracks eliminated the need for special derby rinks, and the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has grown to 450 leagues worldwide.
Dallas has not one, but two leagues – the Dallas Derby Devils, and Assassination City whose bouts are held at Thunderbird Roller Rink in Plano. Both leagues have programs to train skaters of all levels on roller derby skills, and spectators are encouraged at rink bouts.
Catch Some Air
For inline skating or skateboarding (biking too!), Alliance Skate Park of Grand Prairie is insane. With beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses, skateboarders of all levels can carve, grind, and flip to their hearts’ content. No need for newbs to bail – the park offers camps and lessons too. Waivers are required for all participants and check with the park for prices and times.
Hit the Ice
NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills isn’t just the home of the Lone Star Brahmas and Horned Frogs (TCU) hockey. It’s true, there’s a whole lot of hockey going on with the Texas Brahmas Youth Hockey Association and even a senior hockey league too. But NYTEX also offers a learn-to-skate academy, a competitive figure skating group, and broomball parties (for non-skaters).
A multi-sports court in the facility hosts volleyball tournaments, indoor soccer, wrestling matches, and Dallas Derby Devils roller derby bouts. Players and spectators alike love ZuRoma Sicilian Kitchen’s incredible Italian food that’s made from scratch daily.
No Hands on Deck
Locally owned Index Skateboarding Supply has locations in Dallas and Fort Worth. It’s more than a store with great decks and gear, it’s a community for skateboarders. Check out their Facebook page for some pretty sick trick videos.
Whip Some Tail
With park features for inline skates, skateboards and scooters, the skate park at The Edge Visitor Center in Allen have something for everyone. Beginners can use bank slope areas to get the hang of it while more advanced skaters check out street fixtures, boxes, ledges and a picnic table (ask a skater about this one). Handrails to “ollie” onto make for a fun challenge too.
For those who like their skating experience a little less extreme, DFW has dozens of hike and bike trails that are also ideal for inline skating. Denton’s Branch Rail Trail and Grapevine’s Pool Road Trail are worth checking out. If you’re looking for groups to skate with, check out Pegasus Flyers or Dallas/Fort Worth Inline Skaters.