Gibson’s was started in 1940 by Earl & Mildred Gibson (Ann’s mom & dad). Gibson Arena was originally constructed as an ice skating rink. They could convert to a roller skating rink when there was no ice on the floor. The rink was converted solely to roller skating in 1949. Back in the day when there was still an Ice Plant on the property they also produced what many locals still proclaim to be the best ice cream they ever consumed.
George & Ann purchased the rink in 1969 from Ann’s parents and continued the family owned tradition. In 1979, they purchased an additional skating rink in New Castle to expand the family fun.
As time moved on and their children grew up, Beth married Mark Griffith and they continue to manage the New Castle rink. Becky can still be found holding down the ticket office or supervising the skating floor during skating sessions at the original Muncie location. George Jr. can be spotted in the building teaching Karate when he isn’t busy as a law enforcement officer. And Tom runs the day to day operations of the Muncie rink and also keeps the music playing during school parties & public sessions.
George is still at the rink on a daily basis and loves seeing families come in to make new memories. During 2015 due to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, George made the difficult decision to admit Ann to a nursing home so that she could receive the best care possible. You can still spot Ann in the rink occasionally as she likes to come in and spend time with the “rink rats”.
From our family to yours, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your memories for 75 years.