Cadillac community shares memories of historic roller skate rink
WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — Many in the Cadillac are looking back at 70 years of family fun at the popular skate rink after it burned to the ground Thursday.
The Skatetricity Skate Rink on North Lake Mitchell Drive went up in flames around 9 a.m.
Residents say the rink had been a staple in the Cadillac community since the 1940’s.
“Well our kids roller skated here and we roller skated and I know Pat's family grew up there, it’s a real landmark,” said David Roose, who lives in Cadillac.
“It’s very sad, it’s a landmark and you hate to see it go,” said Pat Herringa, who's lived in Cadillac for nearly four decades.
Cathy Janik and her husband owned the building from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.
“It makes me sad because we had a lot of good memories there,” said Janik. "I’ve been out of the business for a long time and we went on to other things but it still made me sad because of my kids being raised there.”
Cathy says “The Spot Roller Rink” was the place to be for holiday parties.
“For holidays, we would draw these posters, I mean they were huge to put on the side of the walls, so many people would come out,” Janik recalled.
The current owner, Tami Ingraham, said it’s a place that will be missed.
“Well it’s something that we’ve put our heart and soul into for the last nine years,” Ingraham said. “It’s more than just a lifetime of memories, it’s multi-generational."
“It’s a sad day, we’ve been out of the business a long time but you hate to see it go,” Janik said.
Thankfully no one was inside the building at the time.
The owner said they did not have insurance on the building and do not plan to rebuild.
Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.