Fruitvale: Bowling club takes over lanes

There is a new kingpin running The Beaver Valley Lanes in Fruitvale.

There is a new kingpin running The Beaver Valley Lanes in Fruitvale.

The Beaver Valley Bowling Club met last night to discuss how they will manage the alley as a non-profit club. The keys were passed over from the Village of Fruitvale after the “break-even” facility was suffering.

“The trick is whether or not they can actually have enough usage to cover the operational costs,” said Lila Cresswell, village chief administrative officer.

The village facility was formerly run by manager Kris MacGillivray. But after years of her service, the Fruitvale resident gave her notice.

“It really wasn’t enough to make a job for somebody and we’ve been lucky, we had the same manager for the last five years” added Cresswell.

The hope is this new model will bring in some money and keep bowling rolling locally.

“Obviously there is a demand because these people got together, and they’ve created a bowling club and they’re going to try and run it,” she added.

Council will reevaluate the project this winter and decide whether this model is a strike.