Worth Knowing: Enfield Roller Rink to become doggie daycare????
The Valley News reported on Tuesday that Great View Roller Skating in Enfield is going to be converted into a pet day care center and boarding facility in the spring, bringing an end to a 41-year roller skating run on Route 4. (See Valley News article.)
Peter and Diane Martin are the owners. They say there's simply not enough traffic at the skating facility to support the business and they've been spending their own money to maintain and operate it for too long. Back in the 1980's and 1990's, it wasn't unusual for 200 people to pack the rink on a Saturday night. Now it's more like 30-40 people.
Inside Great View
Last spring the Martins put the rink on a 4-acre lot on the market for $850,000, figuring the land was more valuable than the business. With no buyer in sight, the Martins were encouraged to consider converting the rink into a doggie day care facility with boarding option so they came up with a business plan and submitted it as a proposal to the Enfield Planning Board. The Board approved the proposal last week.
One group who will surely mourn the loss of Great View is Twin State Derby, a women’s flat-track roller derby league with a travel team called the Upper Valley Vixens. The Upper Valley Vixens compete against other roller derby leagues across New England. Looks like they'll be looking for a new home, which will be no mean feat given the fact that the nearest full-size rink for roller derby is located in Essex Junction, Vt.
The Martins don't expect to undertake the renovations required for the new use until the spring - which means there's still time to go and enjoy an old-fashioned night out at a roller rink. But don't wait too long.
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