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Roller skating and rollerblading remain popular recreational activities. If planning to open a roller skating rink, scout out the area to determine if it can support a rink. Look for nearby neighborhoods and schools, as kids will be the most frequent customers. Perhaps build close to a bowling alley, another draw for kids. Make sure your rink will be highly visible and that traffic can easily find it.
Plan for between 13,000 and 14,500 square feet for the skating floor. Choose a floor surface, such as concrete or wood. Choose a basic shape, either rectangular or oval, for the floor. Plan on a 5 foot wall (or taller) around the floor with an opening into the non-skating areas of the rink.
Plan the entrance to funnel guests to the skate rental station. From there, design an open sitting area where people can put on their skates. Also have an immediate access to a locker area where people can lock away their possessions.
Plan for a concession area. Typically, there are two sides to the entrance of the rink itself. On one side is the sitting area and on the other, an area with tables and a concession stand. Locate bathrooms between the locker facilities and the concession stand.
Consider designing your rink with a theme, for instance, the 1950s. Add in jukeboxes to the concession area. Have the front end of a classic car coming out of a wall. Use tables that look like those from a 50s diner. Whatever the theme, use it to give your rink atmosphere.
Design with surround sound and lighting in mind. You want the music to be easily heard from all corners of the rink. Disco balls and colored lighting are typically used throughout the evening. Have spotlights and if you use strobes, be sure to post a warning at the door.
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