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What Should Go Here? Eatontown Roller Rink Site

Lot has been vacant for years

The Eatontown Roller Rink was once a place where children strapped on their skates for birthday parties, but for the last few years, it has been an empty lot.

The vacant building collapsed in 2009 and was later demolished.

All that remains is a privately-owned lot now with a for sale sign posted along Route 35.

Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo said there was a plan to build a WaWa convenience store and gas station, but the Eatontown Planning Board denied the variance needed to build it several years ago.

Tarantolo said there was a plan to build an indoor farmers' market on the site, but that he has not heard anything on that proposal for about year.

We want to know what our readers think should be built on the former site of the Eatontown Roller Rink.

Get creative, and voice your opinion in the comments section.

Abie Dweck February 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM
A duckpin bowling alley with arcades
Barbara DeLisa DeVivo February 06, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Since our Long Branch boardwalk has not considered the children of the area, I believe a arcade would be wonderful. skeeball, claw machines, all that stuff that we were raised on.
Kathy Grimsgaard February 06, 2013 at 06:45 PM
How about a education office to go with a Community college or University at the Fort Monmouth property!!....For instance, the park on Grant Ave? Useless!!
Big Whitey February 06, 2013 at 07:09 PM
How about a roller rink?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I too vote for a roller rink.
Dominick Palermo February 06, 2013 at 08:29 PM
How about planting some trees -- leave it open space
Tamara Hughes Richmond February 06, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I concur Dominick, there is too much "stuff" on 35. A nice green space, so long as it is kept up and not left a vacant lot. It would look wonderful next to the restored midcentury carwash. Kudos to the owner of that establishment. It is a great improvement of an otherwise depressing landscape. I want to see my hometown cleaned up!!!!!
Dominick Palermo February 06, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Tamara--------Agree ----we have enough stores of all types -------There will be another strip mall soon for all you "store" junkies -------- where the old trailer park was (corner of wyckoff &35 )n
Daniel P. Brown February 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I would also vote for a rebuilt rink, complete with mini food bar and arcade (yes, with ski ball). And why not a simple two- or four-lane mini bowl? I used to skate there when I was a kid, and it was a great place. Plus, even the "tough" kids hung out there, but it's awfully hard to be a real tough guy on skates (unless your a Devil).
Charles Schwartz February 07, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Leave it a open space .
Justin Case February 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Looks like a nice place for a WaWa. That Exxon down the street is always 10-15cents more per gallon.
Toolman February 07, 2013 at 07:55 PM
How about a gas station there are none on the north side of 35 between Oakhurst and Red Bank
g nap February 07, 2013 at 08:30 PM
This will change soon. I believe after Wawa was denied application for this site, they got or are applying for approval at the location of the Sands motel also in Eatontown. I also belive that Quik Check has received approval for the location of the former Eatontown trailor park on the corner of Wykoff & 35.
Dominick Palermo February 07, 2013 at 08:49 PM
The WA_WA that was supposed to go at the old A&P was denied thank god ---------- We dont need a 24 hr gas station in Eatontown Want gas at 2 am -use the Wa-Wa on wyckoff rd in tinton falls ----------6 mins from 35 ----
Carol Neis February 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
I'd like to see a bowling alley or a roller rink there with plenty of parking spaces...
dm2beach February 07, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Green space...I am thankful for the park...although the rocks in the parking lot suck....
dm2beach February 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Who,has the money to buy it and plant? But I think great idea.
dm2beach February 07, 2013 at 09:22 PM
We need no more convenience stores, strip malls, or anything retail in Eatontown. We also need no more office space. We need to make the town attractive and welcoming. I live here 25 yrs., I love this town but it has no aesthetic feeling....no town center to speak of...etc. A park like on Grant would be nice but not going to happen costs too much town can't afford it.....Roller rink would bring trouble as the old one started to have in the last open few years...I truly do not have an answer...and I do not want retail but based on the current state of 35 N in Eatontown :(
bright future April 24, 2013 at 08:36 PM
It should be a night club/lounge I would be interested in investing to reopen with the right team..im working on it now
Patrick Guice May 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM
A roller rink would be great! I skated that rink for nearly 10 years, and made many great friends out of it! I never got in trouble and had the greatest time of my life! I would even donate my time to contract all the Security, Fire, CCTV, Phone and Sound systems as well as the DJ services as well as anywhere else I could be of help!
Patrick Guice May 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM
There are many roller rinks open, that I skate every week, in NJ and out of NJ with no issues what so ever....... It all comes down to the right people running and managing the rink. Sadly when I was at Eatontown toward the end of 1986 the rap shows did create issues until security was stepped up and the Eatontown PD was at the premises every time after that. When I skated there in some of the 70's and the 80's, the Friday/Saturday night sessions had no issues.

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