Residents rally for new bowling facility

Members of the community are coming together with the hope of building the Mountain Area a new, permanent bowling alley. A kick-off meeting to garner community support will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425C.

“We want to get the word out that we’re going to do this together and use local resources and people to create a local facility that will stay with us forever,” said Jeff Schneider, who is spearheading the bowling alley movement.

This movement is in response to Sierra Lanes closing in June. Schneider said that ever since then a group of community members have been working together to find property and donations to build a new bowling alley. However, Schneider says the biggest hurdle is finding suitable land at a reasonable price.

“We would love to have it open in the fall of next year (2014), however, we’re not going to rush it,” Schneider said. “Sometimes when you rush things it costs more. It’s more important that this is viable and sustainable, because we don’t want to lose it again. We want a place to bowl for the next 40 years.”

Schneider said community members are already beginning to offer services and materials in an effort to see the proposed bowling alley become reality.