Treasure Valley Skate

A preliminary rendering shows the future Treasure Valley Skate at 4712 W. State St. in Boise, formerly 20th Century Lanes. The skating rink is slated to open in March.

Courtesy of Scott Stevens

Scott and Tammy Stevens are getting closer to their dream of opening a roller skating rink in Ada County. Treasure Valley Skate is slated to open in March.

The couple will lease 21,000 square feet at 4712 W. State St. in Boise, formerly 20th Century Lanes.

“When it came available, we jumped all over it,” Scott Stevens said. “It’s a natural transition for us, making that a roller skate rink. … A lot cheaper than building.”

The bowling alley closed in June after 57 years in that location. On May 30, 20th Century Lanes posted to Facebook: “Today we have officially been given word that our lease offer has been rejected and a new tenant will be moving into our building. The news is very sudden and still seems surreal.”

The Stevenses originally planned to open a rink called Meridian Skate near the southwest corner of East Franklin and South Locust Grove roads. That location, however, didn’t work out.

“I tried to find a facility in Meridian,” Scott said. “I couldn’t find a building suitable. I couldn’t find the right group of investors.”

Still, the Stevenses are excited to open the rink in Boise, Scott Stevens said. They’ve brought on general manager George Cogswell, who has owned skating rinks in Oregon and Illinois.

Treasure Valley Skate’s maple rink will be 140-by-80 feet. The fun center will feature a DJ booth, concessions, event room and roller derby leagues.

“It’s all about the kids,” Scott Stevens said. “It’s about getting them off of their phones and getting them to do something that’s social (and) build long-term relationships as they grow up.”

The Stevenses and their two daughters — Alyssa, 15, and Miley, 9 — moved to Meridian from the Seattle area two years ago to be closer to Scott’s father. They were surprised to learn there was no roller skating rink in Boise or Meridian. Back home, there had been probably 10 rinks in a 30-mile radius, Scott Stevens said.

Skateworld Boise closed several years ago, making Nampa Rollerdrome the nearest rink.

“The community and the growth of this area and the new schools and the families that are moving in — the fact that there’s not a roller skating rink in Boise was astounding to us,” Scott Stevens said. “You got all the family entertainment venues, right? But where do you put on a pair of roller skates? You don’t. Well, you do now. It was a no-brainer.”

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