Opened in 1979, Chester Skateland is a family operated business whose mission is to provide a clean and safe environment for our community to enjoy the sport of roller skating. Parents and children of all ages can enjoy a healthy workout while skating to the beat of their favorite music within a family friendly atmosphere. Our rink also offers professional instruction for skaters of all ability levels, and the Chester Artistic Skating Club provides world-class coaching in a fun, structured program. Our hope is that those willing to learn and determined to succeed will one day become all-stars on the skate floor on the regional, national and world stage.
Ten years prior, Janis and George Farrow, natives of Atlanta, Georgia and short-term residents of Newark, Delaware moved to Petersburg, Virginia where they began their career in rink management, and after settling down opened their very first Skateland in that area before building the Chester Rink just having her 40th anniversary in January of 2019.
RVA and the Tri-Cities have had a vast history of rolling to the rhythm of a funky beat that dawned with the six original Skatelands. Number one was located in Richmond’s Northside, The second on Hull Street (formerly known as Skateland of Richmond), The third on Williamsburg Road (currently known as Rollerdome), The fourth in Fredericksburg, The fifth in Petersburg (formerly known as the Petersburg Skate Factory), and the sixth and final in this corporation was our rink in Chester.