As many of you know by now, Valle Vista Skating Center burned down yesterday.
The Mission Boulevard establishment has sat vacant for as long as I can remember, but when some of us from Hayward were growing up here, that used to be the spot.
The memories weren’t that great, but it was one of the last places in town where young people could hang out on a Friday or Saturday night.
For instance, remember the wooden boards on the skating rink floor that were so uneven that if you were skating a little too fast around the place, you might have tripped going over one?
Those are the kind of memories that will be missed at that old place.
So, if you’re driving down Mission and you see what’s left of Valle Vista, give it a little salute. Because it’s one of those things that sticks in your childhood memories.
And if you’re reading this post, share with us your memories. Because, in a small way, we know you will miss it too.