Someone mentioned to me that way back when Ridley Creek always seemed to be frozen over. I knew what he was talking about because I was right there with him when we skated on it years ago as kids. That was a time when you could put on your skates and play hockey all afternoon after school. Skates didn't fit? No problem, we still had Bill Battey's Sporting Goods that was the premiere place in the area for trading and getting a new pair of blades. Pucks, sticks and pads, they had it all and lots of it too. Come to think of it, we never really wore the pads, as the rule was the puck couldn't leave the ice. Fair enough, we were there to skate.
Growing up, ice skating was very territorial. Upper Providence kids had their secret spots, Media had theirs, and Middletown had Linvilla and what was considered the "big leagues," Glen Loch lake at the bottom of Mt. Alverno Road. Big games went on down at Glen Loch as it was a vast area with a lot of enthusiasts making sure it was shoved and thoroughly prepared.
We spent a fair amount of time at the Media waterworks also. It had a decent space, was close to home and had an adventurous aspect which included a long stretch that paralleled Ridley Creek Road. I don't know how far it actually was, but it felt like you were skating for a long time up the creek towards Rose Tree Road. The ice started to thin out in that area, so I never made it very far, but is sure added to the adventure.
Anyway, it was good to drive up Baltimore Pike and see people skating on Ridley Creek last Sunday. So good, I stopped to take some pictures. I haven't been skating in a few year and don't have skates, but had Bill Battey's been still around, I may have just made the effort to get out their again. Winter's not over yet, there's still a chance.