skpic rollerskating rink wheel-a-while

The Wheel-a-While has been around for over 40 years. (Ryan Pilon/CBC)

After 36 years of sending customers around in circles, the Wheel-a-While roller rink in Prince Albert is stopping the motion. Only this time, patrons will not be asked to change direction.

The oldest rink in Saskatchewan is set to close after the owner sold the building to another business.

Pauline Lorenz, a long-time employee and volunteer at the rink, said news of the closure was devastating.

"I actually cried," Lorenz said. "It's tough on me as well as all the patrons of P.A. who come and use the facility on a weekly basis."

A final send-off skating party is set for Saturday. That event will run until midnight instead of the usual closing time of 9:30 p.m.

"It is going to be a sad event," Lorenz said. "But it's going to be fun at the same time."

Ironically, Lorenz noted the place has been busy in the last couple of weeks.

A roller derby team is planning to move its practices to an outdoor space while it looks for a full-year venue.