News: Bowling lanes add to Air Station appeal
Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Pettway
BEAUFORT, S.C. - For an entire year the Air Station will have to suffer the loss of its beloved bowling alley, but they will be reunited after the alley undergoes renovations designed to improve its look and ability to function through a full renewal of both interior and exterior.
Subway will no longer be a part of the bowling alley, but shall reside within Afterburners, the Air Station’s new recreational area. Until July 18, however, food can still be purchased from Subway at the bowling alley.
The closest bowling alley is now located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Their bowling alley operates at the same time as the Air Stations did and will also feature bowling leagues held on Wednesdays.
“It is unfortunate that we have to travel all the way to Parris Island to bowl, but it sounds like when it reopens it’ll be better than before,” said Pfc. Mykiyah Battiest, an air traffic controller with Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron.
Everything will be remodeled, adding new lanes lighting fixtures and 42 inch monitors. The interior will also receive a different design. The electrical systems and the heating and cooling systems will be improved to accommodate the entire building more efficiently.
“The alley will receive a new roof, carpeting and the game room is supposed to receive more games for everyone,” said Chris Vikenthaler, the manager of Marine Corps Community Services for both the Air Station and Parris Island.
One of the major benefits of the renovation is that the lanes will have motorized bumpers allowing children and adults to play in the same lane, according to Vikenthaler. This ultimately allows families to bowl together.
As the renovations to the Air Station’s bowling alley are concluded next year, the patrons who plan to frequent its lanes will then have a newer complex to enjoy.