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Morrisville Bowling?

     by Andrew Martin

     Early work has begun to possibly bring a bowling alley back to Morrisville. Morristown resident Kasey Small is spearheading a movement to spread awareness and raise funds for the possible return of a bowling alley to his hometown.
     “Bowling is a very fun and inexpensive sport,” Small explained, “Anyone can bowl and bowling is something you can do all year.”
     “The goal for this movement is to bring the sport of bowling back to Morrisville,” he continued, “I want to have a bowling alley back in Morrisville so those who love the game and still play the game can have something local and so the youth can get back involved with the sport like it was when I was a child.”
     As part of his efforts Small has created the online fundraiser “Bring Bowling To Morrisville” on the site gofundme.com. The page for the fundraiser states “We believe that with local support and donations we can bring an exciting opportunity back to Morrisville…”
     According to Small one reason he feels that a bowling alley could do well again in Morrisville is the fact that Morrisville Bowl was so popular before its closing.
     “Bowling leagues are very popular,” explained Small, adding that there were leagues playing most nights when Morrisville’s bowling alley was open. Now those leagues have been moved to Lowell or Barre, a drive of between 30 and 45 minutes.
     “It would be nice if league bowlers didn’t have to travel as far anymore,” he added.
     While Small started the fundraiser to help bring a bowling alley back to Morrisville he feels the major way he can benefit the cause is by getting people to talk about it.
     “Bowling alleys are not cheap, they are actually very expensive to build and start,” explained Small, who recently graduated from Lyndon State College, “What I wanted to do with this is get the word out to those who might be able to do something.”
     “…I wanted to spread the word and let people know that if someone were to invest in this idea they would be making the right choice,” he continued, “Bowling is a billion dollar business. People love the sport and it is growing in popularity.”
     According to Small, his work to spread the word about the opportunity for a bowling alley is just beginning. He has begun contacting local companies as well as celebrities and professional sports teams to try to get the word out and find individuals and groups that could be interested in investing in bowling. He also stressed that the work to bring bowling back to Morrisville will need to be a community-wide effort.
     “…to help the community I need help from the community,” he stated, “This is not something one person can do...”
     Small’s early efforts at seeking support have met with success.
     “I have talked to locals about the idea and for the most part I have received positive feedback,” he stated, “I know that there is a plan to open a bowling alley on the Mountain Road in Stowe but from what I have heard and learned about that idea it seems better suited to serve the tourists and visitors rather than locals.”
     “I want to bring an alley that can host leagues and tournaments that draw interest to the town of Morrisville like it did before,” he added.
     Small also stressed that bringing a bowling alley back to Morrisville could take time even with the necessary funding.
     “Bowling centers take a while to get going,” Small explained, “With the funding, a bowling alley can take up to two years to get going from idea to opening day. But the funding seems to be the most difficult here so that will be the determining factor in this idea.”
     According to Small several different current buildings and locales for a potential bowling alley have been discussed over the years. However, he feels that the best option would be to start fresh with a new building that can be built to suit. One possibility that has also been discussed is the idea of placing a bowling alley at Common Acres in Hyde Park to go along with all the other activities at the campground.
     Small also explained that he feels a bowling alley in Morrisville could do even better if paired with other features to go along with the lanes. 
“Mostly all alleys have bars in them, as that brings in more revenue,” he stated, going on to add that he believes a bowling center with a billiards area, a video arcade, and a restaurant and bar would be the most successful and also serve as another attraction in the town.


This Week's Photos

Sue Lovering’s Emerald Ash Borer parades down Main Street with her young ash borer on Saturday as a part of the Hyde Park Home Day festivities.  We hope you do not find a bug like this in your ash trees.  - Photo by Lois Frey

The former Ken Wolfe home was razed, along with the building housing Wok ‘N Roll and Vianor, last week to make room for a new CVS Pharmacy.  - Smith photo

A single car crash, which resulted in this power pole breaking led to a power outage on the north side of Morristown on Tuesday evening, September 16.  - Smith photo





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