Skating rink soon to open

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An area business will soon re-open its doors to customers.

The Jonesboro Skating Rink, now called the Twilight Skating Rink, hasn't been open for some time.

The new co-owner, Tristan Veteto, said it was in mid-January that an accident caused them to close up for a while.

"It was two of our sprinkler systems," Veteto said. "They burst and flooded the whole floor, out the back and front doors. Didn't realize it 'til the next day. The floor warped. The previous owners were going to permanently close because of all the work, but we talked to them about it. I've worked here since 2015 and I love this place. It's my home away from home. I enjoy it here, so we decided to go in after it and figure stuff out. I love this place."

Veteto said they're almost done with the remodeling.

"Right now, we're finishing up the painting," Veteto said. "There are a few more places for sheetrock. All the big damage, like the floor, has been replaced. All the sheet rot is out. Anything that was affected by the water damage is gone now. There's not any mold or anything like that. The floors are being sanded down right now and glossed up again."

Veteto said they took this opportunity to make a number of improvements to the facility.

"My friends are skaters and they're going to notice the floor," Veteto said. "It's so smooth and has grip. It's just a fun time to be out there. For people who come in just to hang it, the new concession stand will be big and the arcade games. That's going to be amazing.

A better floor for the skating rink isn't the only new change.

"We have wifi now," Veteto said. "Our registers are getting set up. We're getting all of our food and the menus are coming in. 13 new arcade machines are going in, so we're going to have a bigger variety of games to play when you come in. We have better music now than we've ever had."

Veteto said they plan to re-open on Friday, June 15.

They'll be open on Friday 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Veteto said they're also going to have a session for new skaters on Tuesday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"Sunday from 6 to 8 is a time I personally added," Veteto said. "It's for people who don't know how to skate and want to learn. I also do a thing called 'Jam Skating'. It's breakdancing on skates and I want to teach more people, so it grows bigger and bigger and so skating doesn't die."

Admission is $8 on Friday and Saturday.

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