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A night in Rollerland

Photo courtesy of Cisco Mora
Photo courtesy of Cisco Mora

Remember roller-rinks from childhood? Rinks with birthday parties, disco balls, funky music and dancing seem to have been shut down over time as new, seemingly cooler activities have taken over.

Now, the mourning over these lost rinks can end, because tucked away on the outskirts of Fort Collins is Rollerland.

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Rollerland, located at 324 Link Ln. in Fort Collins, still offers the roller rink experience with roller-skating (or blading), snacks and games. The family-owned business has open-skate hours nearly every day.

The long-standing, family owned business opened nearly 34 years ago. A few additions, like games, a jungle gym and snacks, make it more than a standard rink. Jondon Trevena is partial owner and operator alongside his brother

“It’s not just skating anymore,” Trevena said. “It’s all about making an entertainment facility.”

College-aged individuals do not tend to frequent roller rinks. In fact, they are a childhood memory for many.

“I used to go when I was in elementary school, because there was one right down the street from my house,” sophmore psychology major Jessica Keith said. “So I got to go with my brothers.”

Trevena says children do make up a large portion his clientele during birthday parties and open-skate. Wednesdays mark the one night kids do not attend. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., only those 18 and up are admitted.

Those nights see a different type of crowd.

“It’s mainly just like older adults who have their own skates from back in the day,” employee Kristi Zimmerman said. “There’s also a lot of teenagers that come in, too.”

Trevena says they have about 20 or 30 individuals who attend regularly. These more experienced individuals skate in a far more innovative way.

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“They do a lot of spins and backwards skate is a popular one  jam skating is what it’s called,” Zimmerman said.

Trevena is, of course, familiar with the ever-popular jam skating.

“They’re pretty much listening to the music and just kind of going with what they feel’s best  what their rhythm is,” he said.

Between young children and adults, the entertainment found at Rollerland reaches a wide audience.

“You just get a lot of different generations that come in and skate,” Trevena said.

Roller-rinks may not be a typical college outing, but the idea still appeals to some.

“I think it would be fun, because I know one of the sororities went on a sisterhood there and they all got dressed up and went roller-skating,” Keith said. “I think that would be a fun thing to do.”

After all this time, Rollerland is constantly looking to improve their business for their customers.

“They really want everybody just to have a good time,” Zimmerman said. “They take that really into consideration whenever people give feedback.”

Collegian A&E Writer Cassie Maack can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @maackcl.

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