HATFIELD, Wis. (WEAU) – The ‘old roller rink’ in Hatfield is now a life-size shop class for nine local students.
In January 2011, a fire at what was then known as Club Twilight, left community members talking about the memories they had at the rink.
Black River Falls fire crews say the fire was an accident, after the owner turned on a light that was underneath a floor sander collection bag.
But now, 90 years of history is being rebuilt under the original 1921 name Lake Arbutus Pavilion, with the help of students from Lincoln High School in Alma Center.
“I used to come here a lot before and skate, so it feels good to be building this,” says junior, Jovanny Medina.
The students are lending a hand as part of their Construction Methods class, taught by their teacher Scot Kelly.
“This opportunity allows us to go out to a job site and actually work with a contractor and gain some experience in some of those demonstrations,” says Kelly who teaches Technology and Engineering Education at Lincoln High School.
Hope and Jerome Laufenberg now own the roller rink. They say they hope to bring it back to the community.
“We knew the building was coming up for sale and I actually used to come here and skate a lot as a teenager so I had familiarity with the building and what it meant to the community,” says Hope Laufenberg.
Among the possibilities at Lake Arbutus Pavilion include antique shows, craft shows or even gun shows.
“Skating will be a big part of it but also we want to have dances, weddings, 4H meetings, FFA meetings, everything,” says Jerome Laufenberg.
And the Laufembergs say they can’t really complain about the extra, free help.
“Anytime you can get someone to help you out where we get help with our project and they learn something, that's a win-win,” says Hope Laufenberg.
Kelly says the students are fortunate to have a school that allows the nine students to go out into the real world and apply what they learn in class.
“Students are able to go out into the community, get to know community members and get hands on experience and the community appreciates the help,” says Kelly.
He says they don’t ever charge anyone for the project the students complete, but donations are appreciated.
“The reason we take nine students is because we have a mini bus that takes us and we can only take nine students on that,” says Kelly.
Students say they’re glad to have the opportunity to bring back history, so that they can also be a part of the ‘old rink’ in the future.
“It used to be older equipment and now it’s going to be modernized. It feels special that we contributed to building this,” says senior, Noe Ramos.
Kelly says students will begin the siding process on the building Friday.