Renovated facility marks reopening

With a ceremonial strike, Redstone Lanes is ready to bowl.

Redstone Arsenal’s bowling center reopened Friday after undergoing a 30-day renovation that brought some $620,000 in improvements to the 13-year-old facility. Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith bowled a strike to mark the grand reopening, as the community celebrated with free bowling and $1 shoe rentals, a way to say thank you to the patrons who made the renovations, which were not supposed to happen for another two years, possible.

“The facilities you see here are for-profit facilities, so without your patronage and everyone else’s patronage, we couldn’t have the opportunity to do this,” Smith said. “I want to thank you all for being able to afford a facility like this, and return it back to the folks that benefit from it. It is through your patronage that we’re able to do that.”

Open since June 2005, the renovations are the first major facelift the “showcase facility” of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has seen, according to Derrick Gould, FMWR director. Long gone are the days of carpet and not enough seating for the Strike Zone’s popular pizza buffet – new flooring and furniture make the center appear larger and brighter, with 16 tables added to accommodate the lunch rush, while making it easier to navigate throughout the facility.

Bowlers too will notice a difference, thanks to new lanes and approaches, and Pinspotter and scoring system upgrades. The walk to the line should be a bit smoother and more balanced, according to Redstone Lanes Manager Bob Ujvari.

“The approaches are much more advanced, they’re a different type of surface,” Ujvari said. “They’ve come a long way in 13 years with the type of

surface they use now to help create a much smoother slide on the approach.”

With 32 lanes, a Pro Shop, private party room, restaurant and sports bar, Redstone Lanes offers a little bit of something for everyone, whether they’re bowling for fun or aiming for a 300. For hours, pricing and more information, visit redstone.armymwr.com/programs/bowling-center.

“Our bowling center offers a great recreation for young and old,” Ujvari said. “We appeal to a lot of different people, whether you’re 7 years old or 70 years old, you can do it.”

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