A Tri-Cities landmark and kid hotspot is celebrating 60 years of business this year. Alan Bacon's father built Rollarena Skating Center back in 1953.
RICHLAND, WA - A Tri-Cities landmark and kid hotspot is celebrating 60 years of business this year. Alan Bacon's father built Rollarena Skating Center back in 1953.
In its earlier years, Rollarena was known for its teen dances with headliners like Fats Domino, Paul Revere and The Raiders and The Kingsmen.
The Richland skating rink is now popular for hosting birthday parties, adult hockey, skating lessons and its competitive arts program.
"This is one of those things where kids now can still be in contact with each other in a real way...socializing and having fun. You know, tastes change, cultures change but I don't think roller skating will never die; I think it will stay relevant," said Bacon, the current owner of Rollarena.
Bacon and his family invite skaters, both past and present, to stop by, lace up and share a few memories Thursday evening, during their 60th Anniversary Party. The celebration is from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the skating rink, 849 Stevens Drive.
Admission is $6 and all proceeds go to My Friends Place, the shelter in Kennewick for homeless teenagers.