Longtime Omaha roller skating rink SkateDaze plans to close, company officials announced Tuesday.

The Cernik family said it will close its final roller skating rink after operating at least one roller rink in Omaha for the past 51 years. The business, at 3616 S. 132nd St., will have its final day March 31.

According to a statement announcing the closure, owners Scott and Pam Cernik “are ready to hang up their skates and pursue other passions.”

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“We were made an offer we couldn’t refuse for our building and land,” the family said in a statement. “It is our goal to not leave Omaha without a roller-skating facility. We have the best equipment and name in the industry, that is ready and waiting for the next great roller-skating entrepreneur.”

The family owned as many as five Omaha roller rinks at the height of roller skating’s popularity.

Scott Cernik’s father, Frank Cernik, began the business when he purchased a portable roller rink in 1946 and took it from town to town across eastern Nebraska. When a cigarette burned his portable tent to the ground in 1950, Cernik bought a bricks-and-mortar roller rink in Fremont and lived in a converted garage out back.

Frank Cernik opened Skateland at 108th and Q Streets in 1968, his first rink in Omaha. Eventually, his business grew by nine more rinks across four states.

In 1982, the Cernik family opened its final rink, SkateDaze in Millard.

Scott and Pam Cernik and their son and daughter have operated the business for the past 37 years.

Hope Skate, at 2220 N. 20th St. in Omaha, can be rented out by groups. Bellevue still has Skate City, a public roller skating rink.

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