The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:17 am

South-side skating rink to close

Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette

For more than four decades it’s been the scene for toe loops, salchows, maybe an axle here or there and those sometimes nerve-wracking first skates with a boy or girl that lead to budding romances. 

But next month the doors to Roller Dome South on Bluffton Road will be closing for good, according to a post from the family that runs the establishment on its official Facebook page. 

"It is with great sadness that I announce that after 43 years Roller Dome South will close as of August 9, 2015," the post read. It was signed "The Wall Family." 

The closing will not affect Roller Dome North on Coliseum Boulevard, which was built and opened by Marj and Jim Wall in 1950 when that entire shopping corridor was nothing but a cornfield. Marj Wall ran that Roller Dome until her death in April.

She was 92 and had previously written the rules of behavior that were adopted by roller rinks all over the country. 

The Walls opened Roller Dome South in 1972. 

"We would like to thank our friends, staff (current and past), customers and community of Fort Wayne for many years of support and hope you will continue to support Roller Dome North," the rink’s Facebook post said. 

The rink will offer some last-chance skates throughout early August.

The last adult night will be Aug. 6, the last family night will be Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 will mark the final Skate & Dance.

Aug. 9 will be the last matinee skate for families and that night will be the last "Old School Night," according to the rink’s Facebook page. 

The rink’s speed-skating team will be moving to the north facility. 

"Again, we thank the City, the Surrounding Community, all of our skaters and friends who have supported us in providing skating entertainment in this area for 65 years," the Facebook post said.

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