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Community hopes Parkview Lanes will eventually be re-opened

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Members of the community were stunned to learned Parkview Lanes, the last bowling alley in the Greene County, was set to shut the doors for good Monday.

"It's just a sad situation that this happened. There are so many people and different age groups it effects," Dennis Hancock, president of the Linton-based United States Bowling Congress Association, said.

Association manager Jamie Woodward said while some bowlers may be joining other leagues, the closing of the Linton bowling alley will cause an issue for youth and elderly bowlers.

"It's the only thing in Linton to do. It's a place for kids to go, so they are not on the street. We have a senior league that is just devastated for the winter because they can't travel out of town," Woodward said.

Parkview Lanes was the last remaining bowling alley in Greene County, and Woodward said it served as one of the few places residents of all ages can gather.

"It's just a place for everybody to meet. I remember bowling as a kid there, and that's why it's so shocking to us right now," Woodward said.

Both Woodward and Hancock stressed their fear for the youth of the community if the bowling alley is not purchased and re-opened soon.

"Kids are so pushed today, they have such high demands on them at school and home. They need an outlet. The youth could go up there. There were games, or they could bowl. It kept them off the street. That's what I look at," Woodward said.

Hancock said he fears the youth who frequent the bowling alley will take to running around town at night since they can no longer meet at the bowling alley.

"I feel sorry for the youth. All I keep thinking is, where are they going to go now? The only other place is out running the streets," Hancock said.

Woodward added the members of the bowling league have become an extended family, and have spent a lot of time together.

"You go there every week. You see the same people. You go with your friends, and you make new friends," Woodward said.

Those who frequent the bowling alley have hopes someone will be able to purchase the establishment and get it running again soon.

"I'll be glad when someone buys the place. Hopefully someone will pick up pretty soon, and we will be able to get the leagues back in there," Hancock said.

Hancock added there has been discussion of joining other leagues, but bowlers would have to travel as far as Sullivan, Terre Haute or Washington.

"A lot of people don't like driving at night," Hancock added.

Although, nothing has been set in stone for the future of the bowling there is still hope.

"There are just rumors, but I haven't heard anything solid yet," Hancock said.

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"It's the only thing in Linton to do."

It's the only thing in Linton to do?

What about the Carnegie Heritage and Arts center, the putt-putt/tennis/basketball/entire park at the City Park, the public library, the state forest and its horseback riding/archery range, the open playground and sports areas at the school, the city pool, the conservation club, goosepond, the soccer complex, sunset park, redbird sra, the city golf course, the skating rink, the cinema, or any of the many festivals and activities that happen year-round such as the parade, motocross, music festival, spookfest, fall festival, freedom festival, and so on?

-- Posted by per moenia urbis on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 3:23 PM

Is it for sale? Who owns it?

-- Posted by 0123 on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 3:34 AM

If it was so busy why did it close?

-- Posted by baseballdad on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 7:42 AM

baseballdad You asked a question we (league bowlers) would like to know!

There were leagues 6 nights a week, open bowlers every evening, and parties every weekend.

-- Posted by jbear on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 7:50 AM

Tried to go to the skating rink with my child during the summer and it was closed...is it open again now? I figure they'd want to be open in the summer when the kids are out of school and want to get out of the heat....

As for the bowling alley perhaps they closed due to the time committment necessary, perhaps there are health or family issues, perhaps the alleys need a major maintenance issue resolved that they haven't budgeted for... and then of course even if it is busy, they still do need to make enough money to pay employees, maintain the facilities, pay the utilities (and it can't be cheap to keep that large open space warm in the winters), and make enough to make it worth the time involved. It would be sad to see our community lose something else, hopefully the current owners will allow someone to take a look at the financials to determine if it can be saved.

-- Posted by RB on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 9:36 AM

I only started going there a couple years ago because Trinity Lutheran Church started a bowling team. This past summer I bowled with the team.

I saw a wide range of ages there. Trinity hosted a party and passed out tickets at the Linton Community Food Pantry and other places. It was fun watching all ages bowl.

I do hope it re-opens soon!!!!

-- Posted by Hat Lady on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 9:55 AM

@RB: The skating rink usually closes from June to Labor Day. Partly because it's almost impossible to cool the building in the summer, but mostly because business is almost non-existent through the summer; most kids would rather go to the pool.

I didn't go to the bowling alley often, but it always seemed plenty busy, which does make one wonder how it can run out of money. Likewise expenses can't be cheap, utilities and maintenance on the pinsetters especially.

I hate to see it close, hopefully someone will reopen it soon. And I hope whoever has it now will keep it climate controlled inside, otherwise the weather will destroy those lanes.

-- Posted by cgarwood on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 1:31 PM

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