Just when Austintown Senior Center members thought they had seen it all, a new activity has been put in place. This month, a new "Duck Pin" bowling lane was set up at the center and it has been getting a lot of use.
Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw said the idea came about after the center got a portable wooden dance floor. It was intended to be used for dancing, but the idea came up to hold dances in the aerobics studio, which also had a dance floor surface. That meant the portable dance floor could be used for other purposes.
The first purpose was to use it for the cornhole game the center has. It worked out perfectly and the idea came for another fun activity. The dance floor is sectional, so it can be broken up into smaller areas or set up in a linear fashion to make a wood-floor bowling lane.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw sets the pins for the new bowling alley that is up and running. He said anyone wanting to serve as pin boy can get in touch with him soon.
"So we broke up the portable floor and now we have a bowling alley," Henshaw said.
Henshaw used $100 from the activities fund to purchase "Duck Pin" bowling balls and pins. "Duck Pin" bowling uses a smaller, fatter pin and smaller bowling balls. The pins have to be hand-set, requiring one end of the lane to be marked for placement.
Henshaw then spent another $20 for plastic drain pipe and tees used to make bumpers.
The finished lane was up and running this month and is getting a fair amount of use. Ron and Helen Walker are among the members getting a good workout on the new lane.
"I like bowling, Helen said. "With the new bowling lane, you'll have a hard time getting us out of here.
Henshaw said he is not done repurposing the portable floor. He's had requests for a shuffleboard set up and is presently looking into it. In the meantime, the bowling alley is in full swing.