To many, roller skating is a thing of the past or an activity reserved for those who participate in roller derbies.
It has become less talked about as the years have gone on, but one of the biggest factors keeping roller skating rinks from the public eye is location.
Because of their relatively large footprint, real-estate prices play a large role in where a rink can be built. The cost of building a rink or even remodeling an existing rink is quite large. Add that cost with the increase in land and utility costs and many owners have looked towards more suburban and rural areas to build their rinks.
These factors have caused rinks to become less visible and has affected business, but they have not disappeared.
In fact, according to Roller Skating Association International, rinks are thriving in some areas with as many as 15 opening up over a 14-month period.
What was once considered a fun activity typically enjoyed only by the upper class before World War I is now an activity that all can enjoy for a small fee.
The Skate Place in Altus is no different.
Two years ago, Jeff and Karen Hubert purchased The Skate Place from the former owner with the intention of making it a great place for family fun and entertainment.
Since that day, they have succeeded in doing so quite well.
The rink offers many different options for fun. In addition to skating, they also have three pool tables, two air hockey tables and three big screen televisions.
The rink hosts open skate Friday and Saturday evenings from 7-11 p.m.
Every other day of the week is reserved for birthday parties. Children can enjoy two, three or four hours of fun on their special day by skating or bouncing around in one of the three bounce houses the rink offers.
For a two-hour time slot, the price is $135, a three-hour time slot for $175 and a four-hour time slot for $250.
Occassionally, the rink hosts other events.
Since the Hubert’s took over, they have had Cornhole tournaments as well as live bands and they have entertained the masses with midget wrestling.
A Back-to-School Lock-in at the rink is currently scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to 7 a.m. the next morning. It costs $25 per child and includes pizza, one drink and free popcorn.
Although there are no events planned in the near future, the Huberts are constantly searching for ways to make their business better and more enjoyable for the Altus community.
For more information, visit The Skate Place at 200 Todd Lane in Altus or call 580-481-0728.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.