Base MCCS operations under review

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

"It will affect a lot of people if they close down this facility," she said.

The 24-lane bowling alley, built in 1966, has a snack bar and arcade with pool tables air hockey, basketball and pinball games, offering entertainment options for families, Donham said.

"They have birthday parties there, for young and old, so what better place to take a bunch of 13-year-old kids to have some fun, get a birthday cake, hamburgers, hotdogs, and bowl two games for a very inexpensive birthday party," Donham said.

Retiree Scott Menger said he goes to the bowling alley twice per week. He said the closure of the alley is hurting Marines who can simply walk over from nearby barracks.

"Some of them use it for lunch. Some of them use it for unit get-togethers when the weather’s bad," he said. "You always see maybe 10, 20, 30 people bowling there together. I just can’t understand why they’re doing that."

He said Extreme Bowling, when specialty lighting is used on Friday and Saturday nights, has proved popular among teenagers and young Marines.

"My understanding was that they were making money doing that," he said.

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