Community rolls together to get Topsail Beach Skating Rink back open after storm


TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — People of all ages can finally lace up their skates again as a long-standing skating rink in Topsail Beach reopens.

The Topsail Beach Skating Rink reopens its doors at 7 p.m. Friday.

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The rink has been around since 1964, but lost its roof and had a lot of major damage after Hurricane Florence.

“People come in and they want to skate. She’ll tell you. They would skate all night if she’d let them,” Topsail Beach Mayor Howard Braxton said.

The community rallied behind the rink, raised money, and helped repair it.

“There’s no way I could’ve done it by myself,” said Doris Jenkins.

Topsail Beach Skate Rink on March 22, 2019. (Photo: WWAY)

Jenkins has owned the rink for the last 55 years. When Florence blew the roof off and destroyed the rink, she didn’t know what to do.

“We’ve had a lot of friends volunteer their labor and their work, and help us out that way,” Jenkins said. “We’ve had a lot of gifts. I can’t thank the people of Topsail Beach and everywhere else for their generosity.”

Jenkins says she has seen generations of families grow up here and knew they would find a way to repair the rink somehow.

“My nephew put it out on Facebook that we needed help,” she said. “We had volunteer days and cleanup days and painting days and things like that.”

People of all ages laced back up to celebrate its reopening Friday.

“It’s hard to say what your town will do until somebody needs you,” Braxton said.

Braxton says he’s amazed at how much the community wanted to help.

Jenkins even took a few laps herself to break in the new rink. She’s just happy to have everyone back in the place she’s worked so hard for.

“I can’t thank people enough for helping me out,” she said. “It’s just been a real reigning in of everybody in the community.”

The rink will be open every night from 7-10 p.m.