Westside staple Western Rollarama closes after death of owner
GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - West side rollerskating rink Western Rollarama closed its doors on Saturday, according to a Facebook post that has since been deleted.
“Effective today, Western Rollarama is CLOSED. All afternoon skates, all evening skates and school parties are cancelled," the Western Rollarama said in the deleted Facebook post. "Sad that a place that was built over 40 years ago, and ran by people who loved it was shut down. Any updates that come in will be posted. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the rink and loved it. We appreciate all of you and we are truly sorry this is the outcome. Again, please be aware this was not what ANYONE who worked at the rink wanted.”
Larry Roell opened the rink in 1971 on Crookshank Road in Covedale. The western-themed rink has since been a popular spot for birthday parties, private events, and themed skate nights on the weekends.
Roell passed away in January and the fate of the rink is now unknown.
Another post was made on Facebook to correct the original post, it says, “Lisa Roell has asked me to make a correction on previous post. Mr. Kerry Roell did not have anything to do with the closing of WESTERN ROLLARAMA . He did not have a vote in the matter . The rink is in probate cannot operate until it is settled.”
Hundreds of people commented on the social media posts, sharing memories, asking questions, and some offered to help.
Roell, the founder, “would have wanted this to stay open forever, but the problem is ... it’s kind of up to the people who own it after you’re gone," said Lisa Anderson, niece of founder Larry Roell, in an interview with our media partners The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“If the community is interested in this rink, hopefully they can find us a new owner,” Anderson told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “That would be the best thing.”
Both Rachel Acree and Tim Goldrainer hope that is true, that someone can buy the building and keep their great memories rolling along.
“This is where we all grew up,” said Goldrainer. “This was our thing to do for the school skate parties man. This is where you skated backwards if you didn’t have a date.”
Family members did not immediately respond to FOX19NOW’s requests for comment.
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