Base MCCS operations under review


Bowlers participate in women's league competition at the Cherry Point bowling alley in this 2011 file photo. The bowling alley is closed and may not open again because of budget issues.

Havelock News file photo
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

Cherry Point officials say the Stars N’ Strikes Bowling Center, closed for the last nine months for major repairs, will stay closed for the near future and may not open again.

Budget shortfalls are blamed for the closure.

Mike Barton, deputy director of public affairs at Cherry Point, said the bowling center was originally closed for repairs to its hurricane-damaged roof, which have now been completed, but the pinsetters used for bowling operations need costly updates.

Barton said that base commanding officer Col. Philip Zimmerman was forced to make the decision not to reopen the facility "due to forecasted reductions in the budget and a need to support those services that most benefit service members and their families."

"It would be an effort in futility to reopen the Bowling Center at this time until further guidance is available as a result of the (Headquarters Marine Corps) analysis of (Marine Corps Community Services) programs," Zimmerman said in a statement.

Barton said the decision to keep the bowling alley closed, pending the review, was done within the past week. He said the center has operated at a loss since 2008.

Barton said all base MCCS operations, including the currently open Sound of Freedom Golf Course, are under review. The operations are monitored based on finances, customer satisfaction and feedback on an annual basis.

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