In FD, there’s a frenzy of activity

Indoor roller skating will return to Fort Dodge later this year when the family entertainment center now under construction opens.

The newly named Fort Frenzy will feature a 6,000-square-foot skating rink, according to the group developing the facility at First Avenue South and 32nd Street.

”I think the roller skating rink adds a whole new dimension,” said Todd McCubbin, one of the partners in TJK Enterprises, of Fort Dodge.

He described the rink as ”a feature that will be affordable for everyone.”

The Fort Frenzy name was picked via a contest. McCubbin said Fort Frenzy won by a narrow margin in a competition in which about 200 votes were cast.

The center ‘s opening date has been pushed back to November at the earliest, he said. It was originally expected to open this summer.

Construction crews are now working on the interior of the former warehouse that TJK Enterprises bought last year. Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, is the general contractor.

The planned roller skating rink reflects the original vision of Tim Guderian, one of the partners of TJK Enterprises. The Fort Dodge man and his wife, Kellie, won a $200.8 million Powerball lottery prize six years ago, and soon began thinking about community projects that they could do.

Tim Guderian has often said he started with the concept of a roller skating rink and the project evolved into a family entertainment center with multiple features.

A planned play area featuring balls and tubes, much like what’s found in some fast food restaurants, has been scrapped to make room for the skating rink.

McCubbin said the skating rink will also serve as a banquet room. He said the goal is to keep that area of the building occupied as much as possible.

SP Skateland at 2930 Eighth Ave. S. was the last roller skating rink in Fort Dodge. It closed about 12 years ago.

”We want Fort Frenzy to be almost a town center,” McCubbin said. ”We want people to come there all the time.”

”It’s being built for Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities,” he added.