The owner of the Winfield roller skating rink said he wants to lease the business again for someone else to run after the previous lessees closed it recently.
Dwayne Peacock, who owns the business and the building at 515 Main St., said previous lessees Bob and Christina Goodrum moved out of state. The Peacock family ran the rink, which has been in its current location at a former John Deere dealership since 1956, for 34 years. Since then, they have leased it to several other families to run.
Peacock said he’d like to see the rink reopen and keep on going. “I think the town will support it,” he said.
Peacock said 2019 was the first time in 63 years that the rink didn’t hold its traditional New Year’s Eve party.
One of the challenges that comes with running the rink is the need to work nights, weekends and holidays. Peacock said a lot of people think they can do this, but it’s different once they actually get into it.
Even with these challenges, Peacock is optimistic that he will be able to find someone else to lease the rink to. “I think it could be good again for the right person,” he said.