Out with the old
and in with the new is familiar to City Lanes, established 20 years ago
after moving the location from downtown Franklin St. in Michigan City, a
16-lane center known as Rose Bowl Lanes, to reopen with 32 lanes at its
current location at 1901 S. Woodland Ave. in Michigan City.
The project of
removing old wood lanes and installation of synthetic lanes is nearly
Construction of the
synthetic lanes has been underway for about two weeks now, with 20 of the 32
lanes complete and ready for use. The remaining 12 lanes have a completion
target date of mid-September. Ed Bildhauser, General Manager, says “we’re
excited to give our bowlers a more consistent shot on the synthetic lanes -
it’s hard to get that on wood lanes across the house, this should produce
some very high scores which create happier bowlers.”
proprietor, gives full credit and enormous thanks to her long time loyal
league bowlers, guests, team members, and Horizon Bank for partnering with
her through the years to make this happen today.
“We are very
excited about this renovation and want to extend genuine gratitude and
appreciation to all of the bowlers who have never wavered in their support
and who we now hope will reap the many benefits these synthetic lanes offer.
City Lanes hasn’t felt this kind of excitement in a very long time,” she
A number of team
members who have remained dedicated from day one along with Johnston are Ed,
Patty, Cheryl, and Greg. With the bowling industry and its membership
trending downward, many centers in nearby communities and across the country
“We feel very
fortunate to have a second chance at making our center a place for the
community to come and have a great experience in a safe and clean
environment,” Johnston said.
Along with this new
renovation, City Lanes offers a wide variety of other entertainment for the
entire family, including billiard/arcade rooms, a pro shop for all bowlers’
needs, and a kitchen/restaurant with great food. Mug Shots, the
restaurant/lounge (21+) offers a big screen T.V., pool, dart, and
The center also
specializes in public and private fundraising events, group outings for many
surrounding schools, churches, and other organizations. It is a great place
to host kid’s birthday parties and special occasion parties for all ages, no
matter how large or small. The KBF (kids bowl free) all summer long program
is another feature to help families get a great value.
Brummitt School was the winner of a $1,000 grant through the KBF program.