Crestview roller rink receives facelift

Skaters

Briana and Matt Smith change into roller skates before joining the fun of Old School Night at SkateTopia.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 13:14 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A whirl of lights from the disco ball, dancing lasers and the beat of Michael Jackson heralded an Old School Night at SkateTopia. The community’s newest family-friendly venue opened Dec. 15 in Hot Wheels’ former location.

The business had closed for nearly 10 months before Dave and Nancy Brown purchased it in December.

“Kids in Crestview don’t have much to do here,” Dave, a Crestview Fire Department battalion chief, said. “We’re thrilled when the kids are smiling and skating and having fun — and they’re getting exercise instead of sitting in front of the TV.”

Everybody in the Brown family skates, so buying the skating rink was an easy decision, Dave said.