On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Orbit Skate Center experienced a storm that included rain blowing directly at the back of the building and in through the exit doors at the north end and south end of the building. While the north end was concrete and able to be mopped up, the staff struggled to keep water from going under the floor at the south end to no avail.
Water damage to a wood skating floor is catastrophic and unfortunately had a door blown open or a hole in the roof occurred, apparently it would have been covered but this loss is not covered by West Bend Insurance Company.
The rain blew in through the spaces around the emergency doors that were installed to our Village fire codes and cannot be made to be totally waterproof. This is the first time this has happened in 25 years.
For close to 45 years, this roller rink with it’s amazing rotunda wood floor has delighted families, children, schools and organizations with the best in roller skating fun. We have helped numerous organizations and schools raise money and now we need your help to get the work done to preserve the floor for generations to come.
We need the money quickly to get the floor refinished before the start of the school year. The rink will have to be closed for a week to facilitate this work. The company, from Tennessee has to bring in large riding sanders to take off all the floor coating and then restripe and recoat the floor. ServPro will be running huge dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture out of the floor.
No matter where we have traveled to people have heard about the Orbit. They’ve skated there, had parties there, took lessons or classes and some folks even bring their grandchildren to skate where they grew up.
It would be heartbreaking to lose this iconic facility that has brought smiles to so many. We do not have the money to do this work ourselves.
Please choose one of our donation packages and help us keep Orbit Skate Center the wonderful, family place that it has been for so long. Thank you for your support. Click here to help donate please!