Museum of Northwest Colorado: Skating through the winter |

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Skating through the winter

Mary Pat Dunn/For the Saturday Morning Press
Two young boys (one sporting a cowboy hat) enjoy the skating rink at the MYCKI Center in 1977. This rec center was just one of many that have attempted to fill the void over the years in Craig.

Bemoaning the lack of a community recreational center for indoor physical activities is often a favorite winter sport in Craig.

While increasing numbers of health-savvy locals do get out to walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski during the winter, there are admittedly some days that are simply too bitter to go out. When the thermometer registers below zero for a high and there is a light breeze, pneumonia can be a serious drawback to anyone wanting to go outdoors and get physical.

In 1977, in anticipation of winter to come, Bob and Val Conover, of Craig, took over management of the MYCKI Center, which hosted an indoor rink skating. The center was located in the large blue steel building on Mack Lane behind the current KG store.

The Conovers also planned on a host of other activities including pinball, foosball, basketball and volleyball as well as a Marathon Dance.

The staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado has been unable to determine how long the MYCKI Center stayed in business, but if it followed the trend of the many other activity centers that have opened throughout the years, it didn’t survive long.

Throughout the years, there have been numerous attempts to maintain recreational centers for youths and teens, and even adults. Despite the many whole-hearted attempts to fulfill this niche in the local activity scene, the centers usually have survived for only short periods of time.

Many entrepreneurs have thrown all of their energy into opening these centers, and doubtless, the centers provided hours of entertainment for Craig’s youths.

If you have any photographs or memories of any of these centers, the staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado would love to visit with you.

These centers are just another small piece in the puzzle of our history that we would like to put in place.

Feel free to call the museum at 970-824-6360 and visit with the staff about your experiences with the different recreation centers in Craig, and how they impacted you.

Mary Pat Dunn is the registrar for the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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