For the first time in years Rockford skaters and boarder have a place to go indoors. A new skate park opened right next to the North Main Street roundabout. The business came about as another company was struggling to stay afloat because of the road construction.
There's been a hole in the Rockford-area market for people who skate, board or BMX.
"In the winter you got to drive to Milwaukee pretty much is the biggest indoor skate park around. There are others but they are pretty much 50 minutes away for more," says Todd Trosper, skater.
"We haven't had an indoor skate park in Rockford for 10 years and with the winter and the summer climates its just a necessary thing," says Tracy White, Treehouse Skatepark, co-owner.
The Treehouse Skatepark is one of the first new businesses to open up right next to the roundabout. The building includes a boxing gym called Fight College which opened in April. Then the roundabout construction started and it almost had to shut down.
"It was a struggle. It pushed the name Fight College to the limit because we really had to fight to stay open," says Tony Bandy, Fight College owner.
When Tracy White asked to build a skate park in half the building Tony Bandy figured it was the perfect solution
"It's a very diverse place and it fit. Everything that we have here is kind of needed in Rockford," says Bandy.
The Treehouse Skatepark has been open since the end of December. So far it's seen people are driving in from Dixon and Wisconsin regularly to use the facility. It is located at 1311 North Main Street, Rockford. You can find more information on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/treehouseskatepark.
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