A “Bit” of Looking Back – New Roller Rink to Open Saturday at Dodd’s Lake (April, 1957)


New Roller Rink to Open Saturday at Dodd’s Lake

From The Malakoff News
Friday, April 5, 1957

The brand new and elaborate Dodd’s Lake Roller rink, under construction for several months at Dodd’sLake, will be thrown open to the public this weekend.  The first skating sessions, to start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday will continue throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening.

The new rink is mammoth in size with the usual skating rink specifications enlarged in every particular.  The building contains 65,000 cubic feet and is completely air-conditioned.

The skating floor, completely encircled by a welded steel hand rail, measures 50 x 110 feet, or 5,500 square feet.

Free Barbecue

Melvin Dodd, owner of the new entertainment enterprise, has announced that FREE barbecue sandwiches will be served to rink visitors all day Saturday and Sunday, and he declares there will be plenty for everybody.  The refreshments will be served from the modern snack bar, which occupies the east end of the huge rink building.

The roller rink, with all of its equipment, is completely new and up-to-date, and Mr. Dodd is anxious for a large visitation on the opening days.

Music by Tape

Music for the new skating rink, Mr. Dodd explained, will be provided from a new tape-recording system, bought especially for the new entertainment enterprise.  The tape, he said, has the capacity of two hours of continuous musical entertainment, which he hopes to record himself from phonograph records and the latest music as it is currently provided in the numerous radio and television shows.

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