Historic roller rink offers more than skating

December 26, 2018

Salem’s historic roller rink is under new ownership and is being given an exciting new purpose and function.

New owners Melanie and Michael Johnson plan to reopen the skating rink for both public and private skating, but will also offer a multi-generational social center with many activities for all ages.

“Mike and I saw a real need in our community for a space where retired folks can gather for exercise, social activities, and fun educational classes,” states Melanie Johnson. “Having grown up in Salem, and living here most of my life, I realized that the original roller rink would be the perfect spot for this type of social center.”

In addition to skating, the revamped building, now called Idyllwood Entertainment Center, will be open on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to allow people to use the roller rink area for indoor walking, balance and stretching classes, chair yoga, and afternoon dances. With a roller skating floor that was redone and improved by the former owner, Idyllwood will offer public roller skating during the evenings and weekends.

The Johnsons, who are currently making some minor renovations to the building, hope to offer low impact exercise activities for seniors, arts and crafts classes for all ages, and a private party room that can be used for showers and meetings. After school activities and crafts classes are being considered as the Johnsons search for ways to serve all ages in the Salem area.

“We envision retired folks coming in the mornings for safe and warm indoor exercise, hanging around for a cup of coffee and social time with friends, and then maybe playing a game of cards or taking a class in watercolor painting, sculpture, yoga, or other things. And then maybe kids come for a couple of hours in the afternoons to skate or work on homework or take an arts class. We want to be the spot where people from all generations come to be together and enjoy each other’s company while enriching their lives,” Johnson explains.

The Idyllwood Entertainment Center has a website where skating parties can be booked and the private party room can be reserved at www.idyllwoodsalem.com, and they can also be found on Facebook by searching for Idyllwood Entertainment Center. Residents are encouraged to follow them for information about renovations, opening dates, and activity offerings as progress continues. Johnson anticipates a mid-January 2019 opening date and is already booking skating parties for February.