Attendance has tripled in the past nine months at the revamped Burbank Roller Hockey Rink on West Victory Boulevard, a venue that was on the brink of being demolished a year ago.
The facility was saved by Frank Dalaessandro, revamped and reintroduced to the public in January.
Starting with just eight teams for adult leagues, Dalessandro has expanded his program to 20 adult and four youth teams as they prepare to kick off their third season.
Gail Corrington, a Burbank resident for more than 50 years, used to bring her son to the rink and was disappointed to see it fall into disuse.
Corrington's 6-year-old granddaughter, Madison, was out on the rink for the first time during a free youth pickup game Friday.
"I like it a lot," Madison said while she was taking a break. "And all the kids get a chance to skate and everyone can try their best."