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Parkside Bowling Alley a striking tradition

Article Date: 
16 March, 2012 (All day)

Who doesn’t love a good game of bowling? Ever since Parkside Bowling Lanes opened in 1964, bowling has become one of Morgan’s favorite recreational fun spots!

Keith Orton who is the current owner has kept the tradition of bowling alive for the past 9 years! Keith  purchased the bowling alley from Bill Crissman, who purchased the bowling alley from Kevin Tucker, who was the original owner of The Parkside Lanes.  Not only is Keith Orton a good business man, but one with a heart, as he reaches out to the community. Most recently he has opened his doors to the special needs youth all stars, and has donated free time for them to practice at the Parkside Lanes. 

Orton used to work for Bill Crissman making bowling balls before he purchased the Parkside Lanes. Displayed on his counter were some very unique bowling balls that not only had a swirling symphony of colors, but also designer scents and fragrances, somehow poured the actual make up of the custom bowling balls. The scents include birthday cake, caramel, and one being a man’s cologne, a ladies favorite.

Bowling Leagues are formed in September to compete throughout the fall and winter seasons. There is also a youth bowling team, which is open enrollment ongoing throughout the year. 

With so many things that take teens away from the home front, and having to drive out of the valley for recreation, it’s great to see this long tradition still thriving in Morgan. The Parkside Lanes are open for fun and enjoyment! Parkside Lanes is a great place to hang out with friends, take a date, or make a family outing of bowling.  Besides just having the bowling lanes there is a pool table, Arcades, and Air Hockey to enjoy!  If you are looking for a great place to have your next birthday party, or event where you need lots of people space and entertainment, Parkside Lanes can be rented out at $125 an hour. 

The Parkside Lanes are open Mon-Thursday from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. and on Friday from 3:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. 

It’s always been a challenge to parents when teenagers ask, what is there to do for fun in Morgan? Hopefully parents will be able to steer them to the Parkside Lanes, away from the XBOX, and into interacting with other friends in one of the longest standing sports of bowling at Morgan’s only bowling, alley at the Parkside lanes.  

Bowling is a king’s sport 

The first written mention of a bowling-like sport can be traced to the year 1366 in England. Allegedly King Edward III outlawed the game in order to keep his troops focused on their archery practice, but it was most certainly in vogue (and legal) during the reign of King Henry VIII. 

Many variations of bowling have come from Europe including Italian bocce, French pentanque, and even Britain’s lawn bowling, but the question of who introduced bowling to the United States is much more uncertain.

The sport of bowling can be  traced back to ancient artifacts back to 3200 B.C. making the sport over 5,000 years old! Though some critics date the sport to much earlier times. **

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