The Skateland rollerskating facility just off Route 66 in Tulsa has closed after more than a half-century there, though it may reopen under a different name next month.
KTUL-TV reports that owner Steve Enlow’s parents — both of them skating enthusiasts and teachers — started Skateland at 11th Street (aka Route 66) and Sheridan Road during the late 1960s, and he eventually took over. Enlow said it simply was time to retire.
Enlow posted this message on Facebook:
“Thank you Tulsa! We are honored to have shared 52 1/2 years with you,” the family said in statement. “We cherish the memories of several generations skating, having birthdays, celebrating events, and sharing your family with us. We are now ready to roll into our next chapter – retirement! We will miss the regular faces that called Skateland Tulsa home for so many years.”
The family hinted for everyone to check back around April 1 for “reopening under a different facility and name.”
More from the station’s report:
And, as Steve nodded in agreement, Shelia said, “We really will miss you guys. You have been a part of our lives for a really long time, a lot of great memories, a lot of great friendships made through a lot of years here. We truly will miss the community as a whole and all the good kids that were here. We’ll miss them all and our team that we’ve had here. We’ve had several employees that have came and left and graduated college and come back to see us, and we will miss all of that.”
Here’s a video from 2018 when Skateland marked its 50th anniversary:
According to LoopNet, the facility recently was for sale for $950,000. If it has sold, it’s not yet reflected in county property records.
(Image of Skateland in Tulsa via Loopnet listing)