Jacksonville’s closed rink seeks new owner ready to roll

A real estate ad in Jacksonville is on the way, and there seems to be a lot of support for it to stay that way.

Scott Eoff of Re/Max Results Plus has listed the former Skateland West rink for sale at 1204 Lincoln Ave. The 18,900 square foot building sits on 2.27 acres of land and has an asking price of $299,000.

“I posted a message on Facebook (Sunday),” Eoff said. “I shared this with 90 people” in a short time.

The rink closed in November 2020, victim of a pandemic.

“We gave it our all, but 2020 just wasn’t going to let us have this no matter how hard we tried,” the owners wrote on Facebook when announcing the closure.

The disappearance of the rink caught the attention of many people who remembered fun evenings spent with family and friends, celebrating birthdays or raising money for a school group.

“I can’t begin to explain how much it hurts to see this rink close,” Jacob Janssen said at the time. “If it weren’t for this rink and all of its great employees, I would never have skated as much as I do now. … You gave me memories that I will cherish forever and I will never forget you.

The property, which according to the listing sold for $220,000 in 2013 and $151,500 in February 2021, has considerable potential, Eoff said.

“There are a lot of possibilities in that kind of space,” he said.

The listing notes that the commercial property could be used as a warehouse or for retail space or another type of business. Whether it can become a roller skating rink again remains unsaid. At least in the list.

“There seem to be quite a few people who have fond memories (of the rink) and would love to see it open again,” Eoff said.

The building’s kitchen equipment has been removed, but the carpeting is “newer” and the listing photos show a colorful interior which appears to be in good condition.

“I think people could put games in there, kitchen supplies, and be good to go,” Eoff said.

While he wasn’t sure on Monday whether the messages he received regarding the property might involve the rink reopening, he isn’t opposed to the idea himself.

“I’m one of those people who grew up in Jacksonville, went to elementary school here,” he said. “I went to several skate parties there. It’s a long winter. It would be a good investment for someone, a good opportunity to keep (the rink) open.

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