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Pa. brothers build roller-skating rink

September 14, 2000

Pa. brothers build roller-skating rink



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Tom Hoy is counting on his hunch that people in the Waynesboro area like to roller skate.

That's why Hoy, 47, and his brother, Jim, 52, who have owned the Sunshine Lanes & Lounge since 1992, are building a 92- by 200-foot roller skating rink a couple of hundred feet west of their bowling center.

"We're in the amusement business, roller skating is an amusement and Waynesboro is a skating town," Tom Hoy said.

He said the new roller rink will replace Skateland, a 23-year-old rink at the intersection of Old Forge Road and Pa. 16. The building housing Skateland was sold to AC&T, a Hagerstown oil company, to make room for a new $2 million, 6,000 square-foot gas station and convenience store on that corner.

The Skateland building is being rented on a month-to-month basis by Patty Leazier, a Washington County school teacher and part-time speed skating coach. Skating is scheduled on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights until January, she said.

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Tom Hoy said Nickson and Richard Oyer, two Rouzerville brothers who are in the construction business, are building the new roller rink just west of the former Kirby's Paint and Hardware store. The store, at 11898 Buchanan Trail East, closed in August.

The Hoys will sign a long-term lease for the new building with the Oyers, like they do for the bowling center, Tom Hoy said.

The new rink will open in January, he said. "We don't want the town to sit too long without a roller-skating rink. We want continuity so we won't lose the skaters," he said.

The Hoys have not come up with a name for the rink yet.

Hoy said their main business is supplying amusement machines to establishments like bowling centers, ice and roller rinks and other places. "We supplied the machines to Skateland ever since they opened," Hoy said.

Hoy said the skating schedule at the new rink probably will be set up to allow time for family skating, speed skating competitions and in-line hockey play.

Like their bowling center, "Nobody ever calls them bowling alleys anymore," Hoy said in an aside, the roller skating rink will be family oriented. "It will be a safe place for children," he said.

The new roller rink will have modern features and amenities, but it won't be as high-tech as Sunshine Lanes and Lounge, Hoy said.

The 24-lane facility was gutted in a major fire in January. The building's shell was salvaged, but just about everything inside was replaced with a modern, packaged bowling system with new furniture, automated score boards and touch screen score cards which display graphics as a bowling ball moves down the alleys.

On Saturday nights special lighting and sound systems and a live disc jockey create a place for teens to hang out.

"The lanes, the balls and pins glow," Hoy said. "Saturday night is not for bowlers, it's for the teens. We're trying to get teenagers back into bowling," he said.

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