Updated: Thursday, January 30 2014, 08:57 AM EST
A major expansion gives people a new place to escape the cold for some family-friendly fun.
The Smoky Mountain Sk8way just celebrated the ribbon cutting on its nearly $80,000 expansion. The location in Waynesville doubled its size to meet a growing demand for skating and other options for family fun.
Owner, JoLynn Bryant says the new, wooden skate floor, arcade games, and FunZone activities are the result of a community effort. She says it also expands their abilities to host Roller Derby Bouts. Smoky Mountain Sk8way is home to the Balsam Mountain Roller Girls and Jr. Roller Girls teams.
They are also welcoming schools and other groups to help keep kids active.
Click here for more details and a list of upcoming events.
By Victoria Dunkle
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