Madera Ice Rink is looking for a new location after landlord says lease has not been renewed
MADERA, Calif. (KSEE) – Miracle Skate in Madera has been around for over 40 years and on March 31 it will close at the fairgrounds.
The rink says after negotiations with the Madera Fairgrounds Board their lease has not been renewed, but the owner says he hopes to find another place to continue having fun with the family.
On Saturday, the disco lights were twinkling and the DJ was rocking a beat.
Judy Oliveri says the weekends – whether big or small – Miracle Skate, at Madera Fairgrounds, is the place to be.
âThe kids are out of the video games you know until it closes at 10 am so that’s always a good thing,â she said.
From birthday parties to educational outings and unlimited pizzas on Friday evenings. Oliveri says Miracle Skate provides the fun.
âIt gets you out of the house to the rink,â she said.
Don Miracle’s father opened the roller skating rink in the 1970s and then in 2000 took over.
“I’m probably the only one who really makes a living from it because it’s a small town, but a lot of promotions, a lot of discounts and a lot of community stuff, that’s how we made it work,” he said. -he explains.
But after more than 40 years, Miracle says he’s devastated that the place that has been a must-see for families in the community has to hang up its skates.
âMe and the fair manager, we tried to negotiate with them and we tried to make it work and it wouldn’t work, they only gave us a few months to find another place so we are here now, we let’s look for another building, âsaid Miracle.
Miracle says that while technology has somewhat replaced those good old days of family fun, he says it hasn’t for the people of Madera and this rink.
âIt keeps kids off the streets, it’s affordable for families, a healthy thing for families to do,â he said.
Oliveri says the closure of the rink is a loss for the community.
âThere is very little in Madera and if you take that away I feel like there is nothing else,â she said.
For now, Miracle says they’re open every day for the rest of the winter break, and then every Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday.