Lance's Journal: Sad Goodbye for Skate Zone, May 1, 2017

The owners of the Skate Zone announced last July their mid-town Lincoln institution would be closing in 2017.

But that didn't make the final day any easier.

Loyal skaters had heavy hearts as they took a final spin around the rink.

Jacque Fazel and her family spent a lot of time under this roof, "I was here when the doors opened back in 1954. This was my love. The thought of it closing...I want to cry, because it's everything I've always known."

There was a lingering air of sadness yesterday at the skate zone. Very melancholy is the way Dick Hartsock described the way he was feeling at the grand finale of his 63-year-old business, "It's been fantastically enjoyable."

Dick and his wife Shirley took over what was then the Arena Skate Center from Shirley's parents, Seth & Betty Scott.

Dick says, "So many kids that got into the rink and they grew up and they consider this to be there place."

The sign on the wall reads May 24, 1954 thru April 30th, 2017. It was quite a run as long-time skate zone patrons have been writing their names on a sign since the beginning of this year.

The Hartsock's & their four sons, who live out of state, have sold the Skate Zone property to an Omaha developer that plans to turn the area into a retail development.

If you're interested in securing a piece of Skate Zone history, all of the contents of the building will be auctioned off on Saturday, July 22nd.