Save The Dome Skate Party Goes Tonight
Wood beam structure in place for future Roll A Dome, 1955
photo courtesy The Exploration Place ‘Milltown to Downtown’ Exhibit
Prince George, BC – A group hoping to save the Roll A Dome from potential demolition is hosting a family-friendly rollerskating party at the facility tonight…
The newly-formed non-profit ‘PG Dome Society’ is hoping to rally community support behind its effort to purchase and reinvigorate the aging structure, fearful that developers would be looking to tear it down.
Society spokesperson, Andrea Erwin, says the current shareholder group is looking to sell. “There has been an offer – it didn’t go through – so, we just know that it’s only a matter of time before another offer comes in,” says Erwin. “It was apparent that we have to do something now.”
Erwin says the society needs to raise between $1.0- to $1.5-million dollars to purchase the Roll A Dome. “Al Work is the main shareholder and runs the facility. He’s definitely working with us – he’d like to see us successful.”
“We’re in the process of applying for grant money and raising the funds ourselves through fundraisers.” The society is also in the process of applying to become a charitable organization, so that it can issue tax receipts.
Erwin says, so far, public response has been mainly positive with people sharing fond memories of the numerous events they attended at the Roll A Dome while growing up, and, now, they’re children are attending similar events. She says the negative comments centre on the building’s decrepit appearance. “People say, ‘Oh, tear it down, it’s time has come.'”
“Our defense being, it’s structurally sound and if we’re successful in taking it over as a society…the goal is to fix the place up inside and out.”
Erwin notes the wood beam structure is unique and rare, pointing out it would cost millions to replace. “We’d never build another building like it.”
Society memberships will be available at tonight’s skate party for $10. Admission is free with the purchase of a membership or donation of a non-perishable food item. There will also be a concession, silent auction, DJ, and fun competitions. The party runs from 6:30 until 8:30pm at the Roll A Dome at 2588 Recplace Drive. For more information, click here.