By Airman 1st Class Mercedes Muro
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The Strike Zone Bowling Alley is a place where Airmen, retirees and family members are able to let off some steam, forget about pressing responsibilities or invest in quality family time.
Recently, the bowling alley has undergone some changes to make it even more functional for its family-friendly atmosphere. One of the largest renovations is repairing the leaky roof.
“The bowling alley is in the process of getting a new roof,” said Kelley Kret, a 19th Force Support Squadron recreational assistant. “New roof panels are going to be installed so water can run down into the gutter instead of staying on the top of the roof.”
Prior to the renovation, staff members placed tarps in the ceiling tiles and attached hoses to let the water run down into buckets to prevent water from flooding the lanes. Some leaks over the lanes resulted in the temporary loss of the lane.
One improvement to the roofing system is the installation of the panels on top of the flat rooftop which are designed to prevent water damage.
“The new roof is supposed to be a little tilted and have a pitch to it,” Kret said. “Whenever it rains again, the water will slide right off instead of it staying on the roof and becoming stagnant.”
The five-month long construction project has left some of the bowling alley staff hopeful for more foot-traffic.
“I’m hoping people will see the construction and realize the bowling alley is being invested in,” said Susie Rawdon, 19th FSS bowling manager. “I’m expecting it’ll bring out more bowling leagues and more people will want to come and hang out here.”
For some of the staff members, the bowling alley is more than just a hang-out in need of a renovation.
“This facility provides an outlet for not just retirees and family members, but also for Airmen and technical school students,” Kret said. “It’s a place where they can go and have a good time without that risk of getting in trouble. I believe we should support our troops in any way that we can and I believe the bowling alley is a place where we can support them.”
For more about the Strike Zone Bowling Alley and its activities, call 501-987-3338 or visit www.rockinattherock.com.