ACF15353

Roller skating in Sarnia.

  • Submitted by:

    Brad Fisher

    Location:

    Sarnia, On

  • Idea Created:

    October 14, 2012

    Budget:

    $50k - $100k (< 2014)

Overview:

I would like to bring roller skating back to Sarnia. Sarnia has a great history of roller skating.
     Roller skating is a FUN, family friendly, heart healthy, low impact activity that is good for all ages (8-80). 
     Having a year round facility would provide an opportunity for kids to be physically and socially active after school and on weekends, especially during colder weather months. 
Providing various sessions for different age groups and music genres would attract a wide variety of people from the local community and surrounding area.
     Since this would be a community activity and run as a Not-For-Profit organization all future proceeds would be put back into the organization for the benefit of the members and the community. We would provide "Free" skating sessions for all members and we would make the facility available to local organizations for ongoing fundraising events. Once the facility is up and running it would be self sustaining from the admission fees and rental fees received from the various activities. 
     The venue could also provide a full size facility for scrimmages and competitive bouts for our local women's roller derby teams. We presently have 2 growing teams in the Sarnia/Lambton area. (Women's Flat Track Roller Derby is one the fastest growing sports in North America, if not the world) Women's roller derby teams provide great support for women of all types and backgrounds. There is more potential to develop regional, competitive teams, junior teams and possibly men's teams. 
    The facility could potentially house an indoor skateboard/BMX park, again for the kids to have a place to go during the colder weather months when the weather does not co-operate. With a large enough space this could be a permanent set-up or we could use some type of temporary, movable ramps and structures.   
     I have heard from a number of people in Sarnia through surveys and personal conversations that there is a need/want for a roller skating facility in Sarnia and it would be a great activity for the young kids of the Sarnia area who have very little to do in the area.