New lanes in­stalled at Sand­stone Lanes

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Bowl­ing has been a part of the fab­ric of Drumheller for gen­er­a­tions, and af­ter decades, the lanes at Sand­stone Bowl­ing Lanes are get­ting an up­grade.

Over the last cou­ple of weeks, Ge­orge Hof­bauer of Peter­bauer Bowl­ing Sup­plies of Ed­mon­ton has been busy at the lo­cal bowl­ing al­ley in­stalling new syn­thetic lanes. While the lanes have been re­fur­nished over its life­span, this it the first ma­jor up­grade to the lanes in more than 50 years.

“This is go­ing to be ma­jor. There are new pins go­ing in, new back­boards and a new glow sys­tem,” said Sand­stone Lanes man­ager Shawn Langille. “The lanes glow now, it is go­ing to be phe­nom­e­nal.”

He ex­plains that much of the ma­jor work take place be­fore new floor is in­stalled. This in­cludes sand­ing, and lev­el­ing the ex­its wood floor be­fore it is over­laid with the new mod­ern ma­te­ri­als.

Sand­stone lanes has re­mained opened as the in­stal­la­tion takes place

Langille says the syn­thetic lanes are the most mod­ern ma­te­rial for bowl­ing al­leys. They are more durable and have much less main­te­nance.

The bowl­ing al­ley has en­joyed resur­gence over the last sea­son with league par­tic­i­pa­tion and recre­ational bowl­ing up. The new lane marks a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­ity.

They are con­fi­dent that the new lanes are be­ing in­stalled prop­erly, as Hof­bauer has 56 years experience in the bowl­ing in­dus­try in­stalling lanes and equip­ment. He said syn­thet­ics have de­vel­oped into the prod­uct of choice over the last 20 years and he has in­stalled them all over the prov­ince.

The big ques­tion is whether the bowlers like the new al­ley. “They can tell the dif­fer­ence,” laughs Hof­bauer. “Yes they like them be­cause their scores go up.”

Look for a grand open­ing of the new re­fur­bished lanes in the near fu­ture.

This is go­ing to be ma­jor. There are new pins go­ing in, new back­boards and a new glow sys­tem. “

Ge­orge Hof­bauer has been in­stalling bowl­ing equip­ment for 56 years and his lat­est project are new syn­thetic lanes be­ing Lanes. in­stalled at Sand­stone

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