Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Special Message From Shannon Albinio

Dear Skateworld Supporters,

It was brought to our attention last week that Bayside Community Center has been targeted by malicious emails and most recently a hateful sign was left on their front door. While it is unknown who the responsible party is, I can only guess their reason was to get attention. I would like to make very clear that Skateworld and the Friends of Skateworld do not in any way support or condone this type of behavior. From day one, we have asked our supporters to be respectful in their comments, postings and rally signs. This type of behavior does nothing to help our cause. We have never personally attacked Bayside and do not wish any ill will towards them. I fully understand everyone’s frustration with the situation. We all want to save Skateworld. and there are proper ways in which to do this.

I would like to ask on behalf of the Friends of Skateworld that everyone please refrain from any similar messages to Bayside and its employees. Disrespectful behavior like this is not tolerated at Skateworld and won’t be tolerated with the group working so hard to keep the rink open for your continued enjoyment for years to come. We need to keep our fight to save Skateworld alive in a positive way.

I thank you for your time and your continued support of Skateworld.


Shannon Albinio
Board Member
Friends of Skateworld

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It Was A Birthday Blast From the Past!

Last night's Roller Disco Birthday Party was a ton of fun! So many great 70's outfits and some great tunes to skate to! What a wonderful turnout of people who wanted to say "happy birthday" to Skateworld. Some came to skate, and others were there simply to show their support of San Diego's last roller rink. Congratulations to the winners of the costume contest - though there were no losers, everyone received a free pass to any skate session at Skateworld. Party guests also enjoyed some birthday cake and received some disco party beads to add even more color to their outfits. All in all, it was a great time! In case you missed the festivities, there are some great photos on Facebook. A big thank you to photographer George Medina who took some super pictures! Visit him on Facebook and take a look! So, what's next for Skateworld? Stay tuned for more fun events and get out on the floor and skate! They have weekly skate sessions and are available for special events. Be sure to come and check out the San Diego Roller Derby bout this Saturday for some great women's roller derby action! Game starts at 5:30 pm and tickets are just $12. Thank you to all our friends who continue to support Skateworld. We couldn't do it without you! See you next time!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thank You, Friends.

The Friends of Skateworld want to say thanks to everyone who came and skated this morning and stopped by the pizza fundraiser this evening. We hope you had a great time! Our next event happens on Wednesday, October 6th, when we host Skateworld's Roller Disco Birthday Party ! They will be celebrating of 35 years of rollin' good times! Please mark your calendars and invite your friends! This is sure to be a fantastically fun event complete with costume contests and birthday cake! Admission is $7 and includes skate rental! You'll also get a ticket for our opportunity drawing and could win a great prize - like a pair of skates! You won't want to miss this party!

Be sure to visit www.SanDiegoSkateworld.com for their latest skate session schedule. They are OPEN for weekly sessions and available for birthday parties and special events. We'll see you out on the floor!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Skate & Eat - and Help Save Skateworld!

Did you know that San Diego has only ONE roller rink in the entire city? Skateworld has been keepin' the good times rollin' since 1975 and now they are in danger of being forced to close their rink in Linda Vista. We can't let that happen. Read our fact sheet and find out what's been happening with Skateworld & the City Council! Please come to these fundraising events this Saturday and help us to spread the word about Skateworld! If you can't make it, please tell your friends and help us to Yelp the events too! ALL proceeds from these events goes to the fund to help save Skateworld! Don't forget to sign the online petition and send letters of support to the city council!

Skate For Skateworld - Saturday Morning Skate!
September 18, 2010 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Skateworld - 6907 Linda Vista Rd.

The Friends of Skateworld are hosting a special Saturday Morning skate session at Skateworld! Have your morning coffee and then grab your skates and get out on the floor! Admission is $5 and skate rental is FREE! All ages are welcome, so bring the family! What a great way to start your weekend!

Eat For Skateworld - Pizza Fundraiser!
September 18, 2010 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Joe's Pizza - 5583 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
- 92117

Do you like pizza? The Friends of Skateworld invite you to a Pizza Fundraiser at Joe's Pizza! Here's how it works; come to Joe's Pizza on Sat., Sept. 18th between 5 pm and 9 pm, order the pizza buffet and let them know that you are there to support Skateworld. All the proceeds will go to help save the rink! It's simple - and tasty!

Joe's Pizza buffet features a variety of pizzas, salad bar, bread, pasta, soups, and dessert pizza! All for $10 per person! They also serve beer & mojitos!

Thank you Joe's Pizza for supporting Skateworld!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Read the Latest Story About Skateworld!

The Reader published an extensive article about Skateworld. Thank you Joe Deegan for writing this and putting together some great photos from the Stang family archive! Please read and forward the link to your friends! Or, pick up a hard copy TODAY!


Please let the City Council know that you support Skateworld! Use this link to email ALL council members at once! For those who prefer to FAX your letters instead - here's how!

Fax your letters to: 619-533-4045
c/o San Diego City Clerk

Please ask that your letter be forwarded to All Redevelopment Agency Board Members (Mayor & Council)!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Your Donations Are Tax Deductible!

The Friends of Skateworld (FOSW) is working with the Passage Foundation for Children, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) who work with youths to help them build their self-image through various social activities. The FOSW also hopes to help youths build their self-image through the social aspects and athleticism of skating.

All monies donated will go toward the fund to help pay for this fight to save Skateworld. For more information, please read our donation info. page on this blog. We also plan to hold some opportunity drawings at our upcoming events. So, if you have a business that would like to donate some items to be used for that purpose, please let us know!

Your donations are tax deductible! Simply make your donation check payable to:
Passage Foundation for Children
- and mail them to:
Friends of Skateworld*
P.O. Box 711282
San Diego, CA 92171
*Please include a note stating that you would like to receive a receipt for your taxes, or you will not receive one.

If you prefer to make a donation via PayPal, you can access that by using this link. Please note: PayPal donations are NOT tax deductible.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thanks For a Great Night!

We hope that everyone had some fun at yesterday's rally! We had a great turn out and we raised almost $1,000 for the Friends of Skateworld fund! This money will go directly to fund our fight to save this rink. Many thanks to all who helped out and made this event happen - and thank you to all who came out to show your support! Stay tuned for information on the next Rally/Fundraiser in September. Plans are not finalized yet, but it's sure to be fun for all! Be sure to mark your calendars for the Skateworld 35th Birthday Party happening on October 6th! Skateworld opened its doors in 1975 - and the good times have been rolling ever since! We'll be celebrating this occasion with a 70's themed party complete with prizes for the best costumes! It'll be a blast, so don't miss it! More info will be posted soon, so be sure to check back here and follow us on Twitter to be sure get all the latest updates!

Thanks for supporting San Diego's last roller rink! Please email us if you want to volunteer and help at any of our events. We'd love that!

(photo by George Medina)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Skateworld Support Rally - TONIGHT!!

Let's do it again!! It's RALLY time! Bring back all your wonderful signs and banners and your family and friends and SUPPORT SKATEWORLD! The heat is on and the city Council is feeling it! We need to keep up the momentum and not back down. Be seen and be heard! Show them and tell them that you want Skateworld to remain as San Diego's ONLY skating rink!

The rally kicks off at 6 pm. Bring your signs and banners and really SHOW your support! Then, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy an open skate session! Admission is $2.00 and skate rental is free or... you can always bring your own skates! This event is sponsored by the Friends of Skateworld Roller Rink and 100% of all proceeds from the $2.00 admission fee will go toward the fund to fight the City and SAVE OUR SKATEWORLD!

Please help us spread the word. Invite your friends and family to join you at the Rally. We look forward to seeing you all again and we thank you for the love and support you have shown to Skateworld!

Save Our Skateworld Roller Rally
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
6907 Linda Vista Rd. - 92111
Rally starts at 6 pm, open skating from 7 - 9 pm!
$2 cover and FREE skate rental - ALL proceeds go to the fund to help save this rink!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sponsors Needed for Upcoming Events!

Hello friends! We are looking for sponsors to help out with some upcoming "Save Our Skateworld" events. If you would like to help out, or if you know of a business that would like to lend a hand, please contact us at: saveskateworld@gmail.com! Our next support rally is scheduled for August 25th! Rally begins at 6pm followed by open skating from 7 - 9 pm for just $2! All proceeds go to the fund to help save our rink! We'll be posting more details about the rally very soon!

The best way to show your support is to come and skate at Skateworld!
Here's some upcoming events happening @ Skateworld!

August 20th - Skate the night away while getting a preview of Katy Perry's new album at her Roller Release Party! There will be contests and raffles for a SIGNED pair of Katy skates and more great prizes!

August 21st - Check out some hard hitting women's roller derby action with the ladies of San Diego Roller Derby! This month they are working with Relay For Life to help raise money for cancer research. Plus - watch some of their skaters get their hair chopped at half time! Hair will be donated to Locks of Love!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's a Linda Vista Family Reunion This Saturday!

This weekend is the 2nd Annual Linda Vista Family Reunion. This fundraising event will benefit the Linda Vista Recreation Center. Visitors will enjoy live music, games, food, opportunity drawings - and more! Look for our booth where you can pick up a Friends of Skateworld t-shirt and show your support for our rink! The ladies from San Diego Roller Derby will be helping us out that day. Be sure to pick up your tickets for their next game happening on August 21st! It all helps to support Skateworld! Visit the official Facebook page for all the details of this FREE family-friendly event!

Saturday, August 14th 2010
@ the Linda Vista Rec. Center
7064 Levant St. - 92111
11 am - 7 pm
All Ages FREE event!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thank You to All The Friends of Skateworld!

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all the Friends of Skateworld who came to the rally yesterday! It was a huge success! This was just the first of many events that we are currently planning. This is all just beginning and there is a lot more to come! If you have not sent in your letters to the City Council, please take a few minutes and do that now. Use this link! Fill up their inboxes while the council members are on vacation for the month of August! We will keep you updated on all the latest news. See you at the rink! Support Skateworld by skating! Get Skateworld's current schedule of open skating sessions!

Check out all the media segments and articles by using the links to the right in the "PRESS" section!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Read the UnionTrib article from this morning's paper! Come to the rally today @ 6 pm! http://ping.fm/SkaPB

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello Friends!

Just a friendly reminder that the Rally is this Wednesday at 6:00PM. This event will be covered by the media so please try to be on time so we can have a big crowd for the cameras and show ALL of San Diego how much we love and support our Skateworld. And most importantly to show our City Council that we don't appreciate them making decisions as important as this WITHOUT asking for public input!

Admission and skate rental is FREE! We encourage you to make signs and banners in support of Skateworld and bring your friends.

Hope to see you all there!

S.O.S - Save Our Skateworld!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Send Your Letters of Support to All City Council Members - With One Click!!

Please send your letters of support to the ENTIRE City Council and to Mayor Sanders. We have made it super easy to do it all with ONE click.

Please visit our Email page on the online Blog. All you have to do is enter your name, email address and your comments and click send! It will go directly to all the Council Member...s and to the Mayor automatically.

We need EVERYONE to hear your voice and read your comments. We all ready know that Ms. Frye does not have your best interest at heart. Sending your comments to everyone who has a vote in this matter WILL make a difference.

Please help spread the word. Thank you ALL for your help and happy emailing! Flood their in-boxes! Force them to take notice that we are going to fight to S.O.S - Save Our Skateworld!!!

Here is the direct link to the email page:


Thank you for all your support!!

Fox 5 News Segment - July 20, 2010!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Here's the link to the segment that aired on San Diego CW6 last night!

The End of Roller Rinks in San Diego? http://shar.es/mVqyl

Sunday, July 18, 2010

We have a new MySpace page! Be sure to add us as a friend! http://ping.fm/Vw3D5 See you at the Support Rally on July 28th!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Join Us At The "Support Skateworld Rally"!!

Come one, come ALL to our Support Skateworld Roller Rink RALLY!! Free admission and skate rental! Bring your signs and banners and skate with us inside the rink and on the sidewalks in front of the rink. Be seen and be heard! Show your support for San Diego's ONLY remaining roller rink. Show the city council that you want Skateworld to stay! Tell everyone you know & let's get everyone out there!

Download the event flyer!

Help promote the event on Yelp!

Skateworld Rally!

6907 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego - 92111
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
6 pm - 9 pm

Monday, June 28, 2010

Welcome, Friends of Skateworld!

Skateworld, the last remaining roller rink in the city of San Diego, is in danger of losing its lease. The San Diego Redevelopment Agency has an exclusive negotiation agreement with a private development company (MRW) for the property on which Skateworld is located. This company has indicated that they plan to redevelop the property and the future of Skateworld is uncertain.

Skateworld has been an outstanding member of the Linda Vista community for nearly 35 years. This establishment attracts visitors from all over San Diego County and has made many positive contributions to the public. Skateworld hosts fundraisers for various causes, provides family-friendly activities, and employs many who would not find jobs elsewhere, such as teens with no previous work history. Businesses adjacent to the rink are also supported by Skateworld’s patrons. Many San Diegans, who remember skating there as children, now take their own families to Skateworld. Closing this rink would be a devastating loss for all of San Diego County.

Please join all of us who love Skateworld by voicing your support of the rink to the San Diego City Council. The community of Linda Vista is represented by 6th District Councilmember Donna Frye. Her phone number-
619-236-6616; email- donnafrye@sandiego.gov. Tell Ms. Frye that you do not want to see Skateworld leave Linda Vista! You can also show your support by signing our petition that will be presented to the City Council at a later date. There is no age limit – everyone is eligible to sign. You can sign the petition at Skateworld, or, if you would like to help collect signatures, you can download a petition packet! We've also started an online petition! All help is appreciated! Also, don't forget to join the "Friends of Skateworld Roller Rink" group on Facebook & follow our tweets on Twitter! We will be updating this blog often, so check back soon for all the latest info! Thanks for your support!