Correction: This article had listed the building as 57,499 square feet, which is the approximate size of the lot. The size of building is listed by the county as 6,400 square feet. This article has been updated to reflect this.
Thousands of people have spent time over the years at the Lake Park Roller Rink just north of Corvallis on Highway 99W. From kids’ birthday parties to disco nights, the rink was a safe, fun place to hang out.
Having exchanged hands several times, the rink is again looking for the perfect new owner to fix it up and bring it back to life. Most recently, it’s been listed for sale by Seth Waddell, Principal Real Estate Broker of The Waddell Group at Windemere Real Estate.
The old Lake Park Roller Rink was purchased in 2013 by Sick Town Derby Dames, as a practice facility. According to Waddell, “Sick Town Derby Dames is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to providing people of the mid-Willamette Valley with the opportunity to participate in roller derby at the amateur level while also experiencing a welcoming, strengthening, and accepting environment for self-improvement.”
Unfortunately, the historic skating rink wasn’t designed with roller derby in mind, and is simply too small for the team to host bouts or practices in.
“The floor space cannot accommodate a full-size roller derby track,” Waddell said “and therefore they have to modify their practices because of the current space they are in. Over time, not being able to practice properly negatively impacts your performance.” The team will be finding a space that will better fit their needs as far as space for bouts and practicing goes.
Built in 1920, the building’s best feature, according to Waddell, is the beautiful hardwood floor that makes up the rink. While the building needs some work, the floor has been well maintained. The property is currently on the market for $199,000 and the building is 6,400 square feet. Also included in the price is 1.32 acres along NW Highway 99W, where there is high traffic exposure. It is zoned rural commercial, and has an overlay with the county to allow skating rink and dance hall operation.
Waddell says that while COVID-19 has had the effect of lengthening the time that commercial properties like this one sit on the market, there has been some good interest in the rink early on. He is hopeful that they will soon find the right person with the right vision to take over this property.
For more information about the property, contact Seth Waddell, Principal Real Estate Broker of the Waddell Group at Windermere Willamette Valley.
For more information about Sick Town Derby Dames, visit their website.
By Kyra Young