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Gr8Skates roller rink up and rolling in Shirley

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Town, county and state officials hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this weekend for Shirley’s new roller rink and family fun center.

Gr8Skates opened up last month inside the former AMF Shirley Lanes at 30 The Green. The rink is open for public skating Wednesday to Sunday, and is available for private parties on Mondays and Tuesdays.

In addition to roller skating, Gr8Skates also features cornhole and pickleball, a growing sport that blends elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, every day except Saturday. The facility also offers great kids’ birthday packages and adults only skates on Friday and Saturday nights after 9 p.m.

Gr8Skates also features a full-service food setup similar to what was offered in the old bowling alley 

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Flanked by Suffolk Legislator Jim Mazzarella, state Assemblyman Joe DeStefano and Brookhaven Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico, and his family, co-owners Peter Parrillo, 52, of Medford and Steve Carbone, 53, of North Patchogue handled the ribbon-cutting with the giant scissors provided by Brookhaven Town.

Parrillo grew up two blocks from the where the roller rink is located. Gr8Skates opened about 15 months after the Town of Brookhaven’s planning board approved a special permit to convert the former bowling alley into the roller rink and retail space. The roller rink will take up 24,000 square feet of the building.

The grand opening ceremony also featured Party 105.3 music and personalities. Children in attendance had the chance to mingle with SpongeBob, Bluey the Dog, and Chase and Marshall from “Paw Patrol.”