Claycord Online Museum – Rollerworld in Concord – Who Remembers It?

January 8, 2013 · 87 comments

roller_world

Look at that, it’s Rollerworld in Concord!

This advertisement (and picture next to it) came from the 1983 Clayton Valley High School yearbook!

Anybody remember Rollerworld?

Rollerworld was near the Clayton Valley Bowling Alley, where Centre Concord is now, behind the InShape Gym on Clayton Road.

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1 jtkatec January 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If Hollywood is remaking old movies, certainly somebody can bring back a roller rink. How much fun.

2 just me January 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Anyone that grew up in the Claycord area attending a Mt Diablo USD school would have to remember Roller World with fond memories. So many school “fundraisers” held there, birthday parties, etc. The place was always fun and probably still missed today by many. The Disco ball going, the arcade, the garbage/crap food from the snack bar. It’s all what made Roller World fun and a great place for those under 18 to have fun so many times!

3 fr49ered January 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I learned how to roller skate there at the ripe old age of 26! I think I still have a bruise or two to prove it! I remember playing Red Light/Green Light. Lots of fun with my family and friends. Too bad it’s gone, like so many other family-friendly establishments.

4 just me January 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Forgot one other thing about Roller World……………”shoot the duck”…..

5 Howard K Mullins III January 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Those young ladies look nice and are pretty. I really miss that.

Young people today so often look like they have no respect for themselves. Just nice to see young people not looking like thugs.

I recall the first time I saw my Dad and Mom roller skate. They looked really good together. Surprised the hell out of me. I think that was the first time I realized they had a life before their kids. I’ll have to mention the photo next time I call them.

Thanks Mr. Mayor. Nice memories.

6 jeninreality January 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Oh yeah, talk about some good times! Remember “shoot the duck”? If you could pull off that snazzy move you were a bad ass. As I thought I was going to be the next Dorothy Hammill of the rollerskating world, I begged my father to buy me the $21.00 skating dress they sold at the rink. Yes, good memories.

7 Em Dubya January 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Remember for sure. Waaaaay back, I belonged to the skateboard park right next door. The boys would skateboard and the girls would watch through the fence after a session at Roller World. Lots of memories there.

8 no handle January 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

And dont forget the smokers room with the fan that pulled all the smoke up and out.

9 LovedIt January 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I use to love Roller World. I had a few dates there. Ah the good ol’ days. Had lots and lots of fun there holding hands with boyfriends and skating around to the music and disco lights. Had great times with groups of friends, skating there. Great memories.

The girls in the picture look like they are from the time when I would’ve been there as well. Yes, we girls did look respectful and acted mostly respectful back in those days. Glad I grew up in a better time and am a better person for it.

10 EddieSpaghetti January 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Of course I remember Roller World!…….I even remember the Skate Park that was near there waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the 70’s. And then it was a hardware store even before it was a gym.

11 dj January 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Leaving the tip jar out so casually, it was bound to happen somewhere, sooner or later. But on a side note, I wish I could put out a tip jar on my desk at work for “doing my job”. I never got why baristas think they deserve to be tipped? They’re not waiters/waitresses. I mean they’re just doing they’re job. So, more power to you, I guess..

12 Connie Dobbs January 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

#1 The liability insurance would eat them alive.

13 JW January 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Would be nice if we had another roller rink in the Claycord area.
Something safe for kids/teens to do! Spent a lot of weekends there in the 80’s. After the roller skating sessions were over, the breakdance crews would battle it out on the rink floor. Had my first kiss there :o)

14 Mr. John January 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

The ice rink at the mall…. Rollerworld… Miniature Golf on Clayton Rd…. Those were some fun times in the 80s. Now we have a 9 hole mini golf course next to the movie theater, and a skateboard park under the BART tracks. Not quite the same…

Nearest roller rink to Concord now? San Ramon and Antioch have rinks.

15 Josh January 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

This is the ONLY photo of Roller World in Concord that I have seen! I have been looking for any photos from when I was a kid there and couldn’t find any!
I loved that place….. I remember one of the kids that worked there would play that ‘Star Wars’ theme song and come out and chase all the kids, scared the c–p outta me! Must have been 1981 or so….. good times.

Anyone else have pics to share of Roller World?

16 Bishop Estates January 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Too bad everything we had back in the 70’s/80’s is gone…… No more miniature golf, skate rink, A & W, etc…

Those places we’re great! As another poster put it…the liability insurance would kill their business.

17 warbirds45 January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Put your left foot in, Put your left foot out. You do the Hookie Pookie and you shake it all about! That’s what it’s all about!

18 Tammy January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

How many of you remember Roller Haven???? Great times had at both… Here is to the boys “Hell on 8 Wheels”…. Miss you guys…

19 Chester E. Kitty January 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Yes! My church youth group friends and I use to go there all the time!!! Loved that place!!!

@Tammy … I remember Roller Haven in Walnut Creek! I was pretty young when it was there but my brothers would go skate there. That was back when there was a lot of stuff for kids to do in the area … now … we have nothing!

20 80's Fan January 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Anyone know who those two girls are?

21 Louie Louie January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Red Light…Green Light

22 The Best Times January 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I used to take competetive skating lessons there.. and when they closed down I moved to the golden skate in san ramon. It’s still there and they have adult skate night once a week which is AWESOME!!!!

23 jmz January 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I do!!! I had a birthday party there. I had my 8 year old birthday party there. That was 25 years ago. :)

24 Pj January 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Not only did we do Shoot The Duck, there was also Rexing ( I think thats how it is spelled ). I think there might have been Backward Skate only also. You were a skater if you had the white indoor only wheels on your skates.

@ Tammy # 18- Roller Haven in Antioch is still there. I went last year. The floor is horrible!

25 KM January 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

If there’s one place I wish could come back from the dead, it’s this place!!

26 Thin Lizzie January 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Love this, Mr. Mayor! Thank you. I never went, but it brings back fond memories of my own childhood.

27 Native January 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I still think of the place as the roller world building. Fun place that truly entertained us kids. The couples skate was when you would try to hook up with that 6th grade crush. There was always some crazy going the wrong way or the pros hanging out in the middle looking all cool.

28 Teacher January 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I remember Roller World. I am 43 now and I remember my parents dropping my friends and I off to skate and then would pick us up. It was so much fun. Wish it was still there for others to appreciate.

29 anonamiss January 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I would have loved this place!!! We had a roller rink in the North Bay and I loved going. Innocent fun, great music and spinning wheels!! Someone should bring something like this back for today’s youth……….

30 judaspriest January 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Rollerworld Fremont was my second home growing up GOD do I miss those days

31 Dt January 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

So we are clear Howard Mullins- pretty girls are on the NO shoot list right?

32 MomOf2Littles January 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I had at least 2 birthday parties there in the 80’s. I loved that place! Remember the “Moon Walk” in the back? Now we call them a Jumpy House :) Great memories!!!

33 SeeK January 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

My daughter took lessons there in the early 80’s…”shoot the duck and all”.
It was one of the few sports (other than cheerleading, which she also did) available to girls in those days. It was cool and fun!

34 StatestreetkidCV83 January 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

@20 . . yes they are 2 fellow grads from CV in “83” . . .On the left is Julie Hevezi-Hawthorne . . she was a KVHS’s 90.5 morning drive D.J. and the voice our senior year . .Im checking on the one on the right

35 Duder January 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Hells yeah I remember Rollerworld. I won one of their contests for getting the most people to come and skate. Check me out!! :) Can’t go nowhere fun like that anymore.

36 KenInConcord January 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Rollerworld was fun, Spent many evenings skating there, there was a Rollerworld group on facebook that a lot of the old employees and regulars. but I can’t find it now.

Most of the Rollerworld stuff went to the rink in Pittsburg when they closed, The had the starburst light system, the rental skates, the signboard on the wall, even a few rink employees.

One of RW’s original managers and his wife still live in Clayton they went on to own night club or two.

It’s too bad kids don’t have a place like this to hang out at today.

Kenny………

37 AnonyMrs. January 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I miss roller world SO much. My sister and I would go every Saturday night. I always wanted to know how to “Rex” but I wasn’t that good. I listen to 98.1 kiss fm and when certain songs come on, I am reminded of roller world. I can remember going in the bathroom there and the bass would rattle the stalls. Good times…

38 claytonnative January 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

What a cool place before and after opening, my buddy Jeff took care of all the maintenance of the building, floors, etc… While he was working after hours we had the music going and could do whatever we wanted. Good times! He is still in the area…

39 Jeff Jones January 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Wow! I used to work there from the beginning. Help lay skate floors down and then was a DJ. I played Darth Vader and skated around the rink w light sabers lol. It was fun, one of the best jobs I ever had. The other Jeff was the owners (Doolittle) son that did maintenance. Me Doolittle owned the Walnu Creek rink also.

40 Menegene January 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Wow! We loved that place. Did birthday parties there in the 80s for years. One year I remember landing flat on my back and next thing I know Superman was standing over me to assisit me across the floor to an exit!!! One year a crush was there and the DJ played “He’s so Shy” by the Pointer Sisters for me. Good Times.

41 AnonyMrs. January 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Are there any more pictures? Maybe some in color? I always talk about roller world to my daughter, shed love to see some pictures of the actual rink…

42 V January 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I was one of those girls who was there every Friday and Saturday night during the 80’s. I went through my storage the other day, and found my old skates that I begged my mom to buy me for my 16th birthday. Too bad the closest, decent place to skate these days is Golden Skate down in San Ramon.

43 jon January 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

speed skating to Heatwave’s Boogie Nights…. ahhh the memories.

44 ed January 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM

that’s me on the left. only a taller. i wonder how someone got a pic of me there when i didnt live anywhere near here. seriously. had to give it a 2nd look. that was my hair exactly. that hair style took a lot of work if you had a lot of hair. what you do when you run out of time is what the girl on the right did. or you brought your curling iron w/ you and finished your hair wherever you were. especially if you caught the bus early and by the end of the day you finally had it together.

45 tth January 8, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Great times. Graduated from CV around that time. Dated and played a roller world many times. SO close to the bowling alley. Great times and location.

46 Concord mom January 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I worked the snack bar in the 90’s! Good times! I remember the twins and the older sister and the mom, they all worked there. I will have to dig out my old photos! My 1st true love and heart break happened all at the rink!

47 Mad Mom January 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

So many memories. Kids need places like that today.

48 funtimes January 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

:) speedskate.. ladies’ choice..

49 Tod Gomes January 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

SURELY some one has a photo from their birthday party here (I know I went to few). Why is this photo in black and white? It was not THAT long ago Roller World was around.

50 Aussie Mum January 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

That is me, Julie Hevezi Hawthorne, on the left. And with me is Christine Carrillo (now Christine Thomas, married & living in LA with her lifeguard husband). Whoever recognized me must be a classmate? That pic was taken at our Clayton Valley HS senior breakfast I think. I miss Roller World & the Clayton Valley bowling alley. Good times & good memories.

51 Duck January 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

This might jog your memory !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ZGNGBNIL8
Good times !

52 Dan January 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I received my first skating experience at the former Skate Haven in downtown Walnut Creek, but had plenty of skate trips to RollerWorld. I loved that place. Besides red light-green light and shoot the duck, there was “skate in the opposite direction” and games like that… such a fun place!!

53 KenInConcord January 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

SPEED SKATE1: Barracuda /Heart
SPEED SKATE2: Chase me/ Con Funkshun
SHOOT THE DUCK: Disco Duck /Rick Dees
LADIES ONLY: I Will Survive /Gloria Gaynor
KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES: YMCA /Village People
DJ NEEDS A BREAK: Wrappers Delight / Sugar hill gang
REX ONLY: Oops Upside Your Head /The Gap Band
LAST SONG: Last Dance /Donna Summer

GENERAL ROLLER WORLD SONGS:
–More Bounce to the ounce/Zapp & Roger
–Another one bites the dust / Queen
–Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll /Vaughan Mason & Crew
–Rock it /Herbie Hancock
–Burn Rubber /Gap Band
–Whip it /
–So Tight /
–Brick House /
–You Dropped a Bomb on Me /Gap Band
–Double Dutch Bus /Frankie smith
–Celebrate /Kool and the Gang
–Funkytown /Lipps Inc
–Early In The Morning /Gap Band

That was a fun flashback!!! I’m going to burn a new CD and drive my kids crazy with it…

54 Josh January 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Roller World would never work for today’s youth – they would be crashing into each other on the rink while trying to text!

Grateful I grew up in those days when life was so much simpler.

55 BusBoy January 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Still wish there was a roller rink in Concord. The one in San Ramon is ok and I still go a couple times a month.

The rink in Antioch just put down a new wood floor which is a pretty sizable investment considering wood prices now-a-days.

The rink closed in Milpitas where I used to coach speed skating.

Pretty soon there will be no more skating rinks in CA which is a major bummer. Its awesome fun for all ages!

56 HolbrookGuy January 9, 2013 at 8:18 AM

i spent most of my bitrthdays there in the 80s. Very fond memories of this place. I was so sad when they closed. I agree with you Josh. Life was much simpler back then. If the the rink existed today, it may not be as popular with kids because they are so glued to their electronic devices. I can just see teens skating and texting at the same time, while bumping into each other.

57 JW January 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Thanks for the playlist Ken In Concord! Those were all the grooves I remember skating to! As far as another roller rink…look at the popularity of the pop up ice rink in Walnut Creek. Even a seasonal summertime outdoor rink would be nice. (With an adult old school throwback nice for all us cool folks)

58 Raiderforlife January 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

A lot of my childhood memories are at Roller World. I still talk about it today, and I wish someone would build another roller rink. Kids need somewhere to hang out and stay safe. Now we are stuck driving to Antioch to Roller Haven that has an “Excuse our dust, we’re remodling” sign up since the 70’s.

59 Mac January 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

My church went to Walnut Creek`s rink.
So i always went there.
But i agree, the kids of today need places like this.
I had many good times trying to show off in the “fast skate” time.

And having a girl ask you to skate, was always a plus.

Good times for sure

60 Anon January 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I was there when it opened …my brother was a skate Guard in the 80’s….By then I didn’t go as much but I sure made sure to be there when it closed….I still hit up golden skate every now and then…hard to belive it was 35 years ago that it opened

61 anon minuteman January 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

great memories! who else had lights on their skates?

62 Blue Fan January 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Lefty looney lawyers put the skating rinks out of business. Used to be the most fun place to go, good exercise too. I don’t think sanity will ever return. Looters and lawyers run everything. I think Mark Twain said it: The only true criminal class in America is Congress.

63 Melanie January 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM

We went there every Saturday morning at 9 for Family Skate. Good times! They had fun games for the kids and the Chicken Song. I was so sad when it closed!

64 Just me January 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Has everyone forgotten about RollerWorld at night – breakdancing.

65 mwo1859 January 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The first time I ever heard THRILLER from michael jackson was at that rink

66 Reuben January 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I think that a roller rink should be brought to Concord again!

67 uh huh January 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

That was my home away from home. Thats when the cute guys, Chris O. Kai M. Darrin M. and a few others, worked there!!! what an awesome time!!!! They have had some RR reunions as some of the regulars are still local. How I miss that place and the people!!!

68 Shenanigans January 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh…What the heck would my childhood have been like without Roller World? Many, many Friday nights and double session Saturday’s at the iconic roller skate rink. I had the biggest crush on the skate guards. As a girl it was very important to know how to skate backwards so you could “couples skate”, and yes while shoot the duck was fun and technical what made you popular was the art of Rex’ in….those were the boys I liked!! Heck, even I could “shoot the duck”.

@KenInConcord……boy what a trip down memory lane when I saw your post!! That was a very happy time in my life just because of the Roller World days. I worked for the City of Concord at the Centre Concord Facility aka Roller World, and I thought of those happy skating day memories each and every time I went into the Grand Ballroom. Only a true Claycord native can appreciate the growing up that occurred when our parents turned us loose on a Saturday with $5.00 that covered two 2 hour sessions of skating. Man how I miss that place!!!

69 KenInConcord January 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

@Shenanigans

I bet I can get you a date with Kirk! He’s single…….. :-)

70 uh huh January 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Look out weekend cause here I come, Because weekends were made for FUN!!!

71 Roller Skate January 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Ken, you left out “Shake Your Grove Thang”. I was surprised when you didn’t list it. Classic roller skating song!

72 Angie January 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I used to work in the snack bar in ’87-’88. I was sad to see
that they were gone. But wow what fun times.

73 ladyh January 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Some of my best memories as a kid were spent there! I loved my skates, we would fold the lip down and put funky buttons on them!! Always wore a bandana in the back pocket of my shemendefer jeans!!! Aw yea!

74 KenInConcord January 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Of course Shake you grove thing!

Boogie nights. OooooOooOOOOOOooooo

We are going to have a hot playlist by the time this is done

75 Kim January 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

@keninconcord: thanks for bringing back some memories! I grew up at a roller rink in Stockton, which is now gone too. Had so much fun with the Hokie Pokie, Red light Green light, Shoot the Duck , ladies only, skating backwards, races, etc. Loved it. i wish there was one still in Concord. the ones in Antioch and Pittsburg are not in the best locations:(

76 KenInConcord January 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Get Off /Foxy — http://youtu.be/ioM49UJBjaY

77 V January 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

@uh huh… I remember Kai… he was one of the cuties fo sho :)

78 Mimi (original) January 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Too bad there’s nothing around like this anymore. No wonder kids today are glued to their cell phones smoking pot!

79 anon January 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

@ anon….your brother was a skate guard in the 80’s?….what was his name?….Kai, Darren, Chris?…there were other but those are all I remember?…those guys had their pick of the girls that’s for sure

80 Brenda January 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I spent years at Roller World — anyone remember the Cal Skate Rexers? Anyone remember Julie and Brenda? We were the bomb! I dated several skaters and lost my virginity at Roller World! I still skate but now in San Diego. I have asked them to play various songs from the 80s and all they have now is rap and Katie Perry! I miss the old days!

81 Misty January 12, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Great times—-

We are trying to plan a skate night at Golden Skate….

http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/130658019090/

82 KenInConcord January 13, 2013 at 3:51 AM

@Brenda

Just to be clear, when you say “lost it at Rollerworld”. Can you define what exactly “at” means?

Ken D.

83 Mark Hines January 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Great fun reading all the comments. Someone mentioned that Vicki and I live in Clayton – all true. Misty and Jeff have been trying to put together a reunion so please join the Roller World Facebook page for more details. I am sure after the holidays and things slow down I am sure one will be planned!

Look forward to seeing everyone.

84 Karen Judkins January 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Never heard of this one. Know about Skateland, Walnut Creek.

85 mikeb January 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I worked there in the 80’s. What a great place to hang out and work. I learned so much. Mark you were the best manager ever! When is the reunion?

86 KenInConcord January 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I still have my set of quads that were pieced together after my skates were stolen. Wheel by Scott M. Plates from Kirk D. Boots from Kevin. Every still has their engraved name on it.

Nice to remember that their so many friends that would step up and help!!

87 Stevie January 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Ken-don’t forget the laces by steve

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