I understand that redevelopment of the Thruway Mall may include closure of the Skateland roller skating rink. Skateland is an asset to our community. It supplies an outlet for much-needed, year-round physical activity and socializing opportunities for both the young and old.
The many skating parties sponsored by schools and churches, as well as children's birthday parties, will end if Skateland's lease is not renewed. Skateland also hosts a monthly DARE skate for youth, and is home-base for the Special Olympics roller-skaters. Also, many local roller-skating competitors find the rink invaluable for theirlessons and practice sessions. I hope Benderson Development will consider the long-term ramifications of any decision to close Skateland.