One last time around the floor—local rink closing
By Tim Linscott
Robin Clemens had a dream that she realized 14 years ago—own a skating rink.
The Colorado native strapped on her first pair of skates at the age of five and competed in rollerskating competitions until the age of 20 when she decided to hang up the skates.
Her dream of owning a rink never subsided and in 2000 she and husband Ed bought the Six Aces rink in Grant from Bruce McCormick.
“It was always my dream to own a skating rink. I competed for a long time in them and brought up my three kids in this one, so it has been great,” Clemens said, adding that the decision to close the rink was about timing. “It is time for me to move on. I am hoping a family will get in there and try some new things and I hope it keeps going.”
Her three children, Alex, Andrew and Aldon have all skated and enjoyed the activities at Six Aces, as have countless other families through the years.
Clemens said the facility has hosted a bevy of activities in her tenure as owner, from 80s night, to all night skates, bands and even an annual event during the holiday open house in Grant where admission was a canned food item for the county food pantry.
“We have always tried to keep it fun for people,” Clemens said.
A longtime skater at the facility was Jeff Craig. Craig began helping out here and there at Six Aces and when Aldon Clemens began pursuing other career options on the weekend, Craig stepped in as DJ. He’s been a fixture at Six Aces for 14 years and still straps on the skates now and again to cruise around the floor.
“He’s been such a great asset to the rink,” Clemens said.
The building is currently for sale and, after 67 years, Clemens would like to see the legacy of having a rink continue in Grant.
There have been many new faces this season, which Clemens feels shows the need for a place like Six Aces.