This Day in Dayton, 1 January

“End of an Era: Roller Skaters Bid Farewell to Aca Y Alla” was the headline on a story in the Journal and Courier on January 1, 1992. Owner Margaret Layne had owned the business for two months when she learned that the widening of SR 38 to accommodate traffic to SIA would take most of the property. She chose not to fight the condemnation proceedings but instead to accept the State’s offer, although she was disappointed at the amount. Layne had purchased the building from her brother in January 1986. The intersection of Ross Road and SR 38 had been called Maple Point for years. Aca Y Alla  (“Here and There” in Spanish) was built around 1961, replacing the older Maple Point roller rink that dated back to at least the 1920s. Many people met their spouses there. It was especially popular during WWII. Kids at Dayton School used to have class parties at the Aca Y Alla rink. With the closing, the nearest remaining rinks were in Frankfort, Crawfordsville, and Kokomo. Several years after the closing, a rink was opened on Earl Avenue in Lafayette, but it is now closed also.

Owner Margaret Layne had owned the business for two months when she learned that the widening of SR 38 to accommodate traffic to SIA would take most of the property. She chose not to fight the condemnation proceedings but instead to accept the State’s offer, although she was disappointed at the amount. Layne had purchased the building from her brother in January 1986. The intersection of Ross Road and SR 38 had been called Maple Point for years. Aca Y Alla  (“Here and There” in Spanish) was built around 1961, replacing the older Maple Point roller rink that dated back to at least the 1920s. Many people met their spouses there. It was especially popular during WWII. Kids at Dayton School used to have class parties at the Aca Y Alla rink. With the closing, the nearest remaining rinks were in Frankfort, Crawfordsville, and Kokomo. Several years after the closing, a rink was opened on Earl Avenue in Lafayette, but it is now closed also.

 

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