Bowling at Idletime

Brantley Goodwin bowls at Idletime Family Center, which is undergoing some renovations to upgrade the bowling lanes, gutters and walkouts.

New lane installations and renovations are happening at Idletime Family Center’s bowling alley, and the new look could spark renewed interest in the sport locally. 

Owner Michael Jones said he is replacing the wooden bowling lanes, gutters and walkouts. The new lanes will be synthetic, which is partly made of plastic.

“You don’t have to sand the floors every year or refinish them every year,” Jones said. “You don’t have to do anything to these except oil them.”

Jones has owned the center since 1983 and said he decided to renovate the lanes because he can’t sand them anymore.

“I think it will be good to get new lanes because they’re pretty old,” visitor Shaunna Snelley said.

Alexander City resident Brantley Goodwin said he and Snelley will continue bowling at the center when the new lanes are placed.

“This is our second time this week,” Goodwin said. “We normally don’t come in often. It’s good to have a better place to go to.”

The bowling alley will still be open during its normal hours during the renovations because only two lanes are going to be replaced each day, Jones said. Jones is waiting for all of the parts to come in to start the renovations and said he does not know when the renovations will be complete.

The synthetic lanes cost $25,500 and Jones said he is going to sell the old wooden sections for $100 each. 

Idletime Family Center is located at 693 Airport Dr. and is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 10 p.m. Monday.