Leagues learn of plan to reopen bowling center

By on November 18, 2012

The bowling center was a community gathering spot.

Amid speculation that the new owners of the Nags Head Bowling Center would tear it down or turn it into a beach supply store, bowling league representatives have been told the lanes will reopen.

The news came at a meeting of league representatives Thursday.

More information may be available later this week after details are finalized. But the new owners wanted to get the word out to address questions about the facility’s future.

The center, the only bowling alley on the Outer Banks, had long been a social center for the community. Linda Alice Mohr had owned it since the mid-1990s and it was a bowling center before that. The center closed at the end of September because of financing problems.

It had opened its doors to charity fund raisers, held after-prom parties to keep local teens off the streets after dances and adult leagues drew participants from Hatteras, Currituck and even mainland counties.

“It’s like its own little country club or social club,” said Mohr. “The thing about bowling is anybody can bowl. There are all these sports out there for the kids, but not every kid can play sports. We can get them in here and teach them to excel at their own speed and play a team sport.”

At night, especially in the winter, indoor activities for kids are few and far between. Families would pile into the alley with young children and they could bowl, with kids using the bumpers to avoid gutter balls.

On weekend nights, the alley would switch to a “Rock n’ Bowl’ format with black lights and rock music. Teens would swarm the place, bowling, playing arcade games and generally staying out of trouble.

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