Skating rink opens; fills to capacity
“We couldn’t have asked for a better grand opening. We were filled to capacity!” Lori Crowe, owner of The Rink, said after The Rink’s first official weekend to open for business.
The skating rink, located at 128 N. Sioux, where the old skating rink was located before closing down years ago, reopened on Feb. 12 after Larry and Lori Crowe purchased the building a couple of years ago to refurbish the facility and bring a newness to it.
“We had 278 people on Saturday night. Everything went great! And everyone seemed to have a good time,” Crowe said.
Crowe said on Tuesday night, there were 78 skaters, not counting the parents and grandparents who brought the children, but on Saturday night the rink was full!
“I heard so many stories from parents and grandparents who brought their children and grandchildren down. Things like, ‘I got my first kiss by that second column or I wrote I love ...on that wall’ and I told that person it’s probably still there because we wanted to leave some nostalgia here,” she said.
Crowe said the parents seemed to be as excited as the children when the music came and the skates came on.
Lynzie Lockwood of Duncan said she drove four hours to come to The Rink to bring her son for the opening night. “It’s been a little over 14 years since I've set foot inside The Rink. I’m so glad it was able to be opened back up! It was so worth the four hour drive up tonight just to come celebrate the grand opening. We will be back!” she wrote on The Rink’s facebook page. Lockwood said she grew up in Sallisaw and was at the Rink every Friday or Saturday night. “When it closed, it was sad to see it go,” she said. “When I heard it was opening back up I had been talking to a few of my friends who used to go as well as I did and we decided we would take our kids. It was really for us,” she said laughing. So Lockwood, who said she still has family in Sallisaw, returned to town Friday. “My oldest son can’t wait to come back. He liked The Rink better than our skating rink in town. I do think they have some room for improvement but hey, they just opened so they have to work out the kinks and see what works and what doesn’t,” she said. “But all in all we had a great time and we will be back to skate and visit.” Crowe said everything went well. The staff who are all working at their first jobs, did a “phenomenal job.” “The music and the food were great. One person said we had the best pizza in Sallisaw. We also serve nachos, pretzels and the popular pickles and frozen pickle juice or ‘picklecicle’” she said. Crowe said the Rink is closed on Sunday and Monday but is still available for private parties. She noted each birthday child receives a T-shirt. The hours of The Rink are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays; and two sessions on Saturdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 11 p.m. “We are booked for birthday parties on Saturdays all the way to March 2. As soon as we began taking reservations, we were booked up fast,” she said. Crowe said anyone wanting more information about The Rink or to book a party can call 918-776-0776.