HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Doling Park (view 1 of 7), Roller Rink
This is a color photocopy of a postcard. On the back is the caption "Own your own shoe skates. Roll to the music of the Hammond Organ." The organ referred to was played by a succession of several different organists, the most famous being Johnny Kemm.
Springfield had a number of famous roller-skaters during the 1960s and 1970s. After 1960 or 1961 when the Star Roller Rink was closed, Doling was the only skating rink in town. Cathy Ebling was probably Springfield's most famous skater, winning many national competitions. Larry Moyniham, Ted Hall, Christie Benda and Gracie and Verna Forsythe were other well-known skaters who trained at Doling.
The rink was built in 1929 and stands where the original Giboney cabin was built. The rink had a hardwood maple floor.