Business partners Gareth Grasso and Robert Zaccaria saw a need for the family-friendly venue after the original Skate International closed in Joondalup three years ago.
‘There was a need to establish a new facility to house the sporting clubs left abandoned, but also provide a place for youth and families to spend time and gain fitness through enjoyable activities, not to mention a great place for families to have parties,’ Mr Grasso said.
With more than 41 years of combined experience in skating rinks, Mr Grasso and Mr Zaccaria spent two years researching, designing and developing what he described as WA’s biggest rink.
‘The rink went through 20 complete design concepts initially,’ he said.
‘The process was not easy, with much resistance from landowners and authorities to build such a venue particularly in the far northern suburbs, but after two years of frustration and despair we finally had a landowner come forward and provide us with a venue.’
Mr Grasso said the new multi-purpose rink boasted facilities previously unheard of in WA.
The rink has a 46 by 24 metre sprung timber skate floor, a multi-tier grandstand, five party rooms, a function room with bar facilities, a kiosk with almost 100 seats and DJ facilities with multiple screens.
Skate International caters to various skate sports and activities as well as birthday parties and functions and skating sessions for tiny tots to adults.