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City Lanes synthetic bowling lanes installation nearly complete

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Out with the old and in with the new is familiar to City Lanes, established 20 years ago after moving the location from downtown Franklin St. in Michigan City, a 16-lane center known as Rose Bowl Lanes, to reopen with 32 lanes at its current location at 1901 S. Woodland Ave. in Michigan City.

The project of removing old wood lanes and installation of synthetic lanes is nearly complete.

Construction of the synthetic lanes has been underway for about two weeks now, with 20 of the 32 lanes complete and ready for use. The remaining 12 lanes have a completion target date of mid-September. Ed Bildhauser, General Manager, says “we’re excited to give our bowlers a more consistent shot on the synthetic lanes - it’s hard to get that on wood lanes across the house, this should produce some very high scores which create happier bowlers.”

Jayne Johnston, proprietor, gives full credit and enormous thanks to her long time loyal league bowlers, guests, team members, and Horizon Bank for partnering with her through the years to make this happen today.

“We are very excited about this renovation and want to extend genuine gratitude and appreciation to all of the bowlers who have never wavered in their support and who we now hope will reap the many benefits these synthetic lanes offer. City Lanes hasn’t felt this kind of excitement in a very long time,” she said.

A number of team members who have remained dedicated from day one along with Johnston are Ed, Patty, Cheryl, and Greg. With the bowling industry and its membership trending downward, many centers in nearby communities and across the country have closed.

“We feel very fortunate to have a second chance at making our center a place for the community to come and have a great experience in a safe and clean environment,” Johnston said.

Along with this new renovation, City Lanes offers a wide variety of other entertainment for the entire family, including billiard/arcade rooms, a pro shop for all bowlers’ needs, and a kitchen/restaurant with great food. Mug Shots, the restaurant/lounge (21+) offers a big screen T.V., pool, dart, and shuffleboard games.

The center also specializes in public and private fundraising events, group outings for many surrounding schools, churches, and other organizations. It is a great place to host kid’s birthday parties and special occasion parties for all ages, no matter how large or small. The KBF (kids bowl free) all summer long program is another feature to help families get a great value.

Last summer, Brummitt School was the winner of a $1,000 grant through the KBF program.



Posted 8/23/2017




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