Striking new lanes for Maryborough Ten Pin centre
AFTER 44 years of wear and tear the lanes at Maryborough Ten Pin have been replaced with a new synthetic style.
Owner John Lawton said he and his wife Shirley took over the business in 2005, after moving from Grafton.
Out of the five owners who have run the centre since it was opened in 1984, John said they had been running it the longest.
"The only reason we bought it was because it was going on the tip and the banks let us because I was the bowling state team coach at the time.
"We have been the most successful owners of the five."
Daughter and champion bowler Yvette said the upgrade was probably one of the bigger developments going on in town.
"We have spent an easy five figure if not six on the upgrade," Yvette said
"It took over a week.
"The old lanes had been in the centre for 34 years before we replaced them and they were secondhand when they were installed.
"It just got to a point where resurfacing and recoating just wasn't an option anymore."
Yvette said the new lanes were synthetic and looked awesome."Hopefully this is something we don't have to replace for another 50 years.
"The majority of centres have synthetic lanes now - there are very few wood lanes left.
"We still have our wooden approaching - the lanes are better for lane oiling conditions for bowlers.
"It will still be the same experience just on the newer, more awesome looking lanes."
John said they were slowly upgrading the whole facility. "This has been a 10-year project," he said. "For people like us there are no grants - we are not a not-for-profit organisation.
"We have been here 13 year and not made a profit - it would of been nice to get something from the government.
"We do a lot for people with disabilities - we have two major disabled league who come in every week - they are lovely people."
Yvette said she was still surprised to hear people say they didn't know about the centre or if it was open.
"We have our ups and downs like every business, the holidays are good but it would be awesome to see more people come out on the weekends.
"We have weekend specials, every Sunday is kids prices and have Disco Bowling on Saturday night.
"It is a great place to come have a game, have a great time and socialise.
"We have a website and Facebook with lots of information and is regularly updated.
"All we need is bowlers to come out and have a game to help pay for the lanes."
The centre, Lot 2 Quarry Crt, Maryborough was open Monday,Tuesday 3-8pm, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-7pm. Visit the website, Facebook or phone 4122 3100.