Miss the Ches-A-Rena? Relive your roller skating glory days at these rinks |
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Miss the Ches-A-Rena? Relive your roller skating glory days at these rinks

Brian C. Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Developer Brian Clark said the Ches-A-Rena buildling at Cheswick Plaza can't be renovated and will likely be torn down. Clark said he is still working to attract a grocer to the site.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Ches-A-Rena manager John Panza shows an old-style roller skate with wooden wheels, Feb 4, 2000.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Roller skaters look over the prizes at 'The Fun Shop' at the Ches-A-Rena in Cheswick Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004. Skaters can cash in tickets won on various games throught the arena for prizes.
Benny Goodman (far left) talks with fans after a performance in 1948 at the Ches-A-Rena in Cheswick. Dominick Pizoli, who submitted this photo, is third from the left.
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Workers put the finishing touches on the Ches-A-Rena roller rink in Cheswick in March1958.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Andrew Gill, 5, of East Huntingdon does the chicken dance during an open skate on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Latrobe Skating Center.
Ches-A-Rena in Cheswick, 1971
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Lights illuminate skates for sale in the pro-room window as people make their way around the floor at Neville Roller Drome on Neville Island on Saturday, July 23, 2016. 'We were kind of territorial of this place as kids,' said Melissa Scalise, 38, of Freedom, who grew up in the on Neville Island and came often to the rink. ''The Island Kids,' they called us... Now we're bringing our kids.'
Ches-A-Rena in Cheswick, 1971.

The Ches-A-Rena will soon be a memory, and several other roller skating rinks have gone the way of the dinosaur, such as Romp N Roll in Shaler and Ardmore Roller Palace in Forest Hills.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to go roller skating in Western Pennsylvania. Most charge around $6 per session.

If you have kids or just want to relive your youth, head out to these roller rinks.

Eden Park Roller Rink, 428 Eden Park Blvd., McKeesport: Open 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Details on Facebook

Latrobe Skating Center, 2914 Ligonier Street, Latrobe: Public sessions 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 2-8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Neville Roller Drome, 5109 Neville Road, Neville Island: Public sessions 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. Thursdays (adults only), 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m., 8-11 p.m. Saturdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays for Artistic Skate Session for those who want to waltz, tango, and foxtrot.

Skate Castle, 182 New Castle Road, Butler: Open to public 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

Valarena, 320 18th St., North Apollo: Public skate 7-10 p.m. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Saturdays and 3-5 p.m. Sundays.

Valley Skating Center, 590 Galiffa Dr., Donora: Open 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Details on Facebook

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