After 52 years, Roller Garden in St. Louis Park is permanently closing
Photo credit: Roller Garden
A major entertainment venue in St. Louis Park will be permanently closed in May.
Roller Garden, west of the highway. 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard announced Monday that the shutter will close after 52 years of business and that the last day of skating will be on Saturday, May 8th.
“We pride ourselves on bringing great entertainment to kids, adults, families, schools, churches, daycare, scouts, colleges, choirs, corporations, and more birthday parties than we can count (even a wedding). It’s been a privilege to do so see.” All the smiles and happiness of our skaters, seeing them grow up, bringing their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren with them, “says Roller Garden’s Facebook page.
One of the factors that led to the decision to close includes the owners’ desire to retire, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement says that COVID-19 “literally pushed us over the edge”.
“The challenges of the past year have made us realize how short life is and how much time we have missed with our own families in running this business,” it continues.
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It is unclear which company will take over the venue, but Roller Garden said that while they wish it would remain a runway, they “are happy to at least know that it won’t be demolished and run by another family business”.
The roller skating business encourages skate fans to keep going in Skateville in Burnsville or Cheapskate in Coon Rapids.
Roller Garden is the largest indoor roller skating rink in Minnesota.