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Skating rink set to open
by Ashley Langston
Apr 25, 2012 | 799 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friends and family members of the Cedar Skate and Fun Center owners try out the rink Sunday afternoon.
Ashley Langston
Friends and family members of the Cedar Skate and Fun Center owners try out the rink Sunday afternoon. Ashley Langston
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CEDAR CITY – Three experienced local business owners are partnering to create a new venue for youth and families to have fun, and their venture, the Cedar Skate and Fun Center, is slated for a soft opening Monday.

The facility includes a skating rink, an arcade, concessions, and space for bands to perform, as well as pool tables and air hockey tables. The disc jockey is located next to the rink, in an effort to make the whole experience interactive.

Owners Mike Allen, of Southern Utah Alarm, and Jayson Dresner and Britt Denham, of D&D Electric, have a lot of ideas for the center. There are about two acres of land available behind the building, and there are plans for a dirt go-cart track they would like to complete this summer.

In the short time since the three secured the building they have been busy with repairs and making the facility safe and appealing. They have installed a fire alarm system and put in a new sound system and lighting.

They will also be installing a video camera system that will have a live feed on the internet, so parents will be able to check up on their children if they are in the skating rink or arcade.

“I want a parent to feel that they’re dropping their kid off in a safe place,” Allen said.

For those parents who want to stay at the facility with their children, but do not want to skate, there will be no charge to get in, he added.

They intend to keep things lively, and will be offering theme nights and possibly dances or dance competitions. Allen said he envisions an 80s theme night with an 80s band and patrons coming dressed in era attire.

Denham said the primary local venues for bands are bars, and there aren’t a lot of large-capacity venues for bands with members younger than 21. They would like to provide that, he said, and Allen added that they have talked about a Battle of the Bands competition.

Arcade games will be rotated, and the facility will be evolving all the time. Allen said they don’t want it to ever get stagnate.

The center can be rented for parties and other events and there will be an interactive online calendar so patrons can see which dates are booked and which are available. Concessions are planned to include pizza, chips, candy, fountain drinks, non-caffeinated drinks, and more.

Hours will start out at 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The center will be open longer each day in the summer and they will take feedback. For example, they are willing to open for a few hours on Sundays if the demand is there.

The grand opening is set for May 11-12 and there will be a raffle, with one of the prizes being an annual family pass.

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