Victoria Davis- Abad Staff
The Plaquemine Skating Rink, also called the Plaquemine Pop-Up, opened in 1953 and closed in the late 1970s to early 1980s. The wooden floor rink was in an off-the-ground, temporary tent that was set up as soon as school closed for summer.
The skating rink even sparked a Facebook group with almost 200 members named Plaquemine Skating Rink for people to share memories. The group is filled with summer memories of cold Coca-Cola and great music from the 1970s with songs from Glen Campbell and Phil Collins.
John Dupoint, a member of the Facebook group, says the skating rink was the ‘typical grungy, old joint in a small town’ that he remembered fondly. People could skate around the rink to Cold as Ice by Foreigner.
As of 2023, all that remains of the old skating rink location is the Mike’s Club. There is no sign of a tent around the permanent building which is a bar that has also since closed. As people pass by on the highway, they will never see the summer skating rink.