Kelby Toups Staff
The Patterson Skating Rink once drove the youth scene in the small town of Patterson, Louisiana. The property where the skating rink used to be was owned by the Letchworth family in the 1970s.
John Kimball, the current owner of the property, says they would call it “the skating rink across the tracks” because it helped with giving directions to the place. The skating rink sold food and drinks, had many old arcade games, and, of course, had a large skating floor.
Brad Beaubeouf is a Patterson native who went to the rink during his youth in the early 2010s.
“I never knew how to skate, but all of my friends would want to go hang out there,” Beaubeouf says, “So my parents would drop me off, and I would wait for my friends to get there and we had a blast.”
The Patterson Skating Rink closed in the early 2010s and is now an apartment building. Attached to the back of the building is a strip mall with a thrift store called The Mission Thrift Store, a Pentecostal church called The Mission Church, and a snowball stand called Blizzard 25.