Crews were kept busy last week

Bowling alley no longer a ‘mossy mess’

After spending months working on the inside, Hope’s Sunshine Lanes is getting a facelift on the outside.

A two-man crew was in front of the local bowling alley, digging up, cleaning up and resurfacing the corner of the lot.

“It used to be a bunch of trees and shrubs, really overgrown, right on the corner,” said Drew Paton of Sunshine Lanes.

After spending months working on the inside, Hope’s Sunshine Lanes is getting a facelift on the outside.

A two-man crew was in front of the local bowling alley, digging up, cleaning up and resurfacing the corner of the lot.

“It used to be a bunch of trees and shrubs, really overgrown, right on the corner,” said Drew Paton of Sunshine Lanes.

The foliage caused vision problems for drivers trying to navigate the turn so it was removed. But Paton said that left a mossy mess in its place.

The plan is to dig out all the vegetation, smooth the land and then put down a layer of gravel.

Then he intends to create a large flower pot on the corner to brighten the area up.

Paton wants to get people from the Hope Communities in Bloom to advise him.

“I haven’t contacted them yet, but I’m looking for suggestions on what we should do … keep it similar to what they are going to do.”

He said this would have taken place long ago, but the unusually cool and wet weather has delayed the project.

The exterior improvements are just the next step in an ongoing journey for the local business.

Since getting involved back in August, Paton has helped the bowling alley update its lanes, get better pin machines, new bowling balls and made renovations to the Kingpin Lounge, which has increased in size from 45 seats to 62.

“Over the last few years, this place has been kind of neglected in the maintenance and upkeep.

“We want to bring it back to a family-oriented business, where kids can bowl or seniors, everyone,” said Paton.