Tennis courts

Former roller skating rink, the tennis courts will be redeveloped into a new sports center


A former roller rink and tennis club in Woodbury will get a second life as a new athletics centre.

Under a plan given the go-ahead by the city council on January 12, the gated Wooddale Fun Zone would be renovated and reworked to accommodate two new sports clubs.

The original indoor tennis courts, racquet club and lounge – built in 1973 – will be converted into basketball and volleyball courts. The tenant, 43 Hoops, plans to offer practices, camps, clinics, tournaments and leagues in the space. Other events, such as pickleball, could also take place there.

The property’s 1977 roller skating rink expansion, meanwhile, would become an indoor football and futsal space for the Joy of the People nonprofit. It is billed as an “inclusive football and futsal environment for children and adults”.

The entire building covers over 61,000 square feet. It is located at 2122 Wooddale Drive, along Interstate 494.

The Wooddale Fun Zone closed permanently in May 2020, with the owners explaining that they exhausted “all options” before making the “painful” decision to close during the first months of the COVID pandemic.

“We feel lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of your life, whether it’s weekly skating, a birthday party, a school outing, or just a day of random FUN,” wrote the owners at the time.

The developer still has renovations to do inside, as well as installing a grass soccer field and landscaping outside, before it can open.

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