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East Bay roller rink will remain open after previously announcing closure

SAN RAMON — Roller skaters rejoice: The Golden Skate will remain open — for now.

After news spread that the beloved San Ramon rink was getting ready to shutter July 31, thousands of skaters flocked to the 47-year-old roller rink this month to say their goodbyes and savor their final laps.

But, it turns out, that outpouring of support — from folks who trekked out to the Hooper Drive property or blasted the news across social media — directly contributed to the management’s change of heart.

The Golden Skate’s doors will remain open through at least the end of 2022.

“The over-whelming response from our local patrons, Bay Area adult skaters and our local leaders and friends has caused us to reconsider closing The Golden Skate at this juncture,” a post on the rink’s website says. “Our staff has dedicated themselves to staying and enjoying the joy and happiness of so many young and old people visiting our rink on a regular basis.”

The Golden Skate’s owner, Hassan Sharifi, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that the rink will remain open “indefinitely,” adding that he decided this week to either wait until he can find a developer to take on a housing project planned for the site or sell the business to someone who will keep it up and running. Sharifi did not immediately respond to a request for comment from this news organization.

While there were more than a dozen roller rinks across the greater Bay Area in the 1970s, there are now only four indoor roller rinks left, including locations in Antioch, San Francisco and San Jose.

Doug Adams, who has been skating since 1985, is elated. While he was still mentally preparing to see another Bay Area rink shutter, the 58-year-old said it was depressing not knowing where he could continue lacing up his skates, which is his escape, relaxation and “woosah” in life.

Not knowing when the end will finally come, he said this quasi-reopening is almost bittersweet.

“Every week we’ll be looking forward to this, like Christmas or your birthday, until that day,” Adams said. “(Sharifi’s) done a great thing for us. Everything right now really lies with the owner as to where it goes from here.”

SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA – JULY 13: Doug Adams, from East Palo Alto, skates at The Golden Skate in San Ramon, Calif., on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

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