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Golden Glide Roller Skating Rink in Decatur closing down on Sunday


Twitter lit up Thursday afternoon when the news spread that Golden Glide Roller Skating rink in DeKalb County would be shutting its doors this weekend.

"The doors will be closing on Sunday. Sunday will be our last weekend," said Channel Gibbs, the rink administrator. "I can’t give you an official reason as to why. The doors are closing for good. We don't know what is coming in the future."

For the uninformed, Golden Glide is a decades old institution on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur where teens (and adults) went to skate, dance and enjoy birthday parties and lock-ins.

According to the many #RIP tags on Twitter, it is the place where at least half of the young adults from DeKalb County learned how to twerk.

The roller rink was immortalized in the Young Lloyd song, "You,"(feat. Lil Wayne):

Yeah, it's Young Lloyd reporting live from Atlanta, Georgia

Weezy F. Baby, Decatur where it's greater

And uh, I want all my sexy ladies to report to the dance floor immediately

We gon' Golden Glide this one y'all, speak Weezy

Most Atlantans had fond memories of the joint and recognized the closure as the end of an era, but a few (the ones who reported gun violence and fighting at GG) said maybe it is time for something new.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.