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Brighton's Rollerama Skating Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Rollerama Skating Center opened on October 6, 1972. Last Thursday, owners, employees and community members celebrated his 50th anniversary.

Owner Jennifer Decatur said, “It’s crazy. A lot of businesses can’t stand it, let alone shut down because of COVID.” Without our customers, we wouldn’t be here.”

Prices have been reduced from $12 admission and $5 skate rentals, the same as when it opened in 1972, to $1.25 admission and 50 cents skate rentals.

Over 50 years, this business has gone through many owners. About ten years ago, after the business went bankrupt, Jennifer Decatur, her husband Dave, and Mike Hamade bought the Skating Center and other locations.

Jennifer Decatur, one of the owners of the Rollerama Skating Center, stands with a plaque presented to her by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 6 October 2022 to mark the center's 50th anniversary. increase.

The place has remained open except for eight months when it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are generations of family here,” said Jennifer Decatur.

In addition, it has undergone countless improvements and updates over the last ten years, with many more features to come.

“We remodeled the entire facility. It’s always a work in progress, but we started pretty much the same way we started, so it’s like 2013,” says Jennifer Decator. “It’s her 80 x 160 and still has the original hardwood maple floor that was just painted.”

As for why she’s kept them open all these years, she attributes it to her hobby of roller skating and additional attractions.

“A modern roller skating rink needs multiple attractions,” said Jennifer Decatur.

Additional attractions such as play zones and bumper cars were added in 2014.

Brighton resident Caitlin Fisher skates backwards on the floor of the Rollerama Skating Center on Thursday 6 October 2022.

For many, the Rollerama Skating Center is like a second home. Kaylee Brogan has been a roller skater for the past 6-7 years. I was.

“I started skating here when I was six years old. I’ve been skating here for 18 years,” Brogan said.

Another person who owes the center much is Joshua Bryan, an employee at the Rollerama Skating Center. He has worked at the facility for the past six years, but he started working at the floor center at age 10 when he was playing hockey.