Ice skating in the park was highlight of winter

While looking over the pictures of the recently renovated Martin Luther King skating rink, it brought back many nostalgic memories of my youth. When I was a child, I lived in the Bailey-Delevan area of Buffalo. Skating was my favorite winter pastime and I always dreamed of becoming a skating star aka Sonja Henie.

My mother would give me a quarter and I would board the streetcar to the park. I think the fare was five cents at the time. It was so much fun making figure eights and skating backward with one leg extended in the air.

At the end of my skating session, instead of boarding the streetcar again, I would save the money for an important ritual on the return home. I would walk down Genesee Street to a candy and soda shop called Wicks near Moselle Street. There I would ponder whether to spend the remaining money on a huge molasses sucker dipped in chocolate (10 cents) or a delicious hot fudge sundae. After warming up, I was ready to walk the rest of the way home – one happy kid with a lot of memories of a good skate at the park.

I’m so happy that they have restored the skating rink for many more young people to enjoy throughout the Buffalo winters. It’s great.

Mary Zelli