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R.I.P. Oregon Lanes

This has actually been developing for some time now...but, another Toledo-area bowling alley has bitten the dust; evidently for good.

Bay Center Recreation on Navarre (formerly Eastgate Lanes, formerly Oregon Lanes) closed early last year.

The interesting thing is that the building is not only still standing, but for some reason they seem to be creating what looks like garage bays in the front of it...? The interior is completely stripped, including the bowling lanes. It's just a big empty shell now, with a handful of squared-off holes cut into the front.

Does anybody have any inside info on what is going in there? Any speculation? From the looks of it, I'd say it almost has to be either an auto repair shop or self-storage place. Or, maybe they are just tearing it down in a rather creative way?

created by Sohio on Nov 26, 2012 at 07:30:55 am     Business     Comments: 51

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I've heard it may become a multi-store front building. Supposedly a dollar store will be one of the businesses going in. Yay, a dollar store.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Nov 26, 2012 at 08:09:15 am     #  

We are turning it into a 5 bay shopping center. Yes, Dollar Tree is one of the tenants. Sorry that does not excite some but we do have several other tenants that we are talking to that may be a little more satisfying to local residents. Trust in this economy it is not easy getting retailers these days.
In the new center down the street (next to Mattress Firm) Biggby Coffee, Penn Station and Happy's Pizza (out of Southfield, Michigan) is going in over there. Perhaps that is a little more of what Oregon needs/wants at the moment.

posted by JustinLorenzen on Dec 03, 2012 at 04:14:55 pm     #   2 people liked this

Something is better than nothing. Hard to believe the picture in the Blade on Sunday showing the 20th dollar store was opening in the Toledo area.

posted by Hoops on Dec 03, 2012 at 04:39:24 pm     #  

While I did sarcastically make a reference about dollar stores, I am happy to hear something is going in there. I wish you the best of luck. I am eager to see what you guys have planned.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Dec 03, 2012 at 07:29:16 pm     #   2 people liked this

I think it is neat that you were able to repurpose the old building, rather than tear it down.

That seems to happen a lot around here. It got me thinking...how many former bowling alleys are still standing around here?

1. Rumpus Room, Front street: still open as a bar, bowling lanes are now used as a rental hall

2. Marathon Lanes, Sylvania avenue: now Marathon Cleaners & tan

3. Moline Lanes: now Glass City Boardwalk

4. Everglades Cafe & lanes, route 25 south of Perrysburg: now just a restaurant

5. Highland/Airport Lanes: Now a bingo place?

6. Mercury Recreation: now some kind of church, I think

7. University Lanes: Some kind of live venue now, I think

8. Supreme Recreation, Lagrange street: Still there, but I think it is vacant

9. Skowronek's, Lagrange street: Now a banquet hall

10. I think there was a bowling alley at Elm and Bronson, the name of which escapes me at the moment, that is also now a church.

11. Monoky's, Whittemore street: now a house

Did I miss any?

posted by Sohio on Dec 03, 2012 at 08:52:33 pm     #   1 person liked this

10. Elm Recreation

posted by justareviewer on Dec 03, 2012 at 09:40:02 pm     #  

Oh, DUH. How did I forget that?

posted by Sohio on Dec 03, 2012 at 09:59:02 pm     #  

Glass Bowl, Telegraph and Detroit and Laskey, still alive and kickin.

posted by nana on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:09:41 am     #  

Love Biggby's and Penn Station, very nice, thank you!

posted by nana on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:10:22 am     #   1 person liked this

Wasn't Glass Bowl one of the ones that used to be open 24-7-365?

There was a time--within my lifetime--when you could find an open bowling alley in this area literally any time of the day, any day of the year. You could bowl on Christmas morning.

posted by Sohio on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:15:39 am     #  

Those new places sound great. Especially Bigby Coffee, that's the only thing I missed or wanted in Oregon (Coffee shop). Even toyed with the idea myself of opening on here since there aren't any.

Sad to see a place of historical/cultural meaning go away, but glad to see it get reused rather than sit vacant.

posted by INeedCoffee on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:28:31 am     #  

Did I miss any?

Imperial Lanes?

posted by McCaskey on Dec 04, 2012 at 01:10:04 am     #  

Showcase Lanes is now Office Depot/Max on Monroe.

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 04, 2012 at 11:32:47 am     #  

I think the Imperial Lanes building was demolished, wasn't it?

As for Showcase, I thought the same thing. Is Office Max in what used to be the actual bowling alley? I wasn't aware.

posted by Sohio on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:12:47 pm     #  

I actually tried to sit down one time, using several resources, and make a list of all the bowling alleys that have come and gone from this area since around 1900 or so. It is damn hard. There have been so many bowling alleys in this area it is unbelievable. I even found a Blade article from the late 50s, where they said there was one bowling lane for every 50 residents of the city of Toledo, and the GTBPA was afraid the market was too saturated.

posted by Sohio on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:18:28 pm     #  

Yes, the Office Max is in the same building. I used to work at Showcase.

Bonus Trivia: What was in that building before Showcase Lanes?

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:25:24 pm     #  

I smell a need for a WGTE Toledo Stories documentary on the bowling alleys and famous bowlers of the Glass City. Anybody else agree?

posted by brainswell on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:30:40 pm     #   2 people liked this

Isn't Twin Oaks on Sylvania still open for bowling? I remember when they cut the trees down! :(

posted by nana on Dec 04, 2012 at 12:51:20 pm     #  

I remember Hagertys downtown Toledo and Milos at South and Spencer.I think there was also a Jugs bowling alley.

posted by buckeye278 on Dec 04, 2012 at 02:48:41 pm     #  

Westland Lanes was popular in its time, now called Bowlero Lanes. Also, anyone remember the local "Bowling for dollars" show that aired back in hte 70's I believe.

posted by Hoops on Dec 04, 2012 at 03:08:13 pm     #  

Westland Lanes was popular in its time, now called Bowlero Lanes. Also, anyone remember the local "Bowling for dollars" show that aired back in hte 70's I believe.

posted by Hoops on Dec 04, 2012 at 03:08:13 pm     #  

Hagerty's & Milo's were both before my time, but I do recall reading about them. Hagerty's burned down; and I think the MIlo's building is gone too, correct?

Jugs is still open, I go there once in a while. Twin Oaks is also still open, and has one of the nicest operations around, in my opinion. The place is very clean, the owners are nice, and the bowling equipment works flawlessly. I do wish the trees were still there, though!

posted by Sohio on Dec 04, 2012 at 03:10:46 pm     #  

I think BOWLING FOR DOLLARS was taped at Highland Lanes, at one time...

posted by Sohio on Dec 04, 2012 at 03:11:47 pm     #  

The building where Milo's was has been torn down.It only had six lanes,but I learned how to bowl there.There was also another bowling alley upstairs above a bar near Western and the Anthony Wayne Trail,but I am not sure of the name.It could have been a place called Jaeger's.

posted by buckeye278 on Dec 04, 2012 at 06:42:20 pm     #  

I miss bowling in Toledo. Imperial Lanes is where it started for me.

posted by jbtaurus98 on Dec 05, 2012 at 12:25:57 am     #  

Also, Rossford Lanes is still active, on the south edge of downtown on River Rd. Is Interstate further out on Lime City by 75 and Buck Rd. still running? We used to take the kids there a lot on Sunday morning. Also, Sports Center on Starr is still up. :)

posted by nana on Dec 05, 2012 at 12:48:56 am     #  

Answer to Bonus Trivia from yesterday:

The building that Showcase Lanes went into previously housed a toy store called "Spree."

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 05, 2012 at 05:06:10 pm     #  

buckeye278 posted at 05:42:20 PM on Dec 04, 2012:

The building where Milo's was has been torn down.It only had six lanes,but I learned how to bowl there.There was also another bowling alley upstairs above a bar near Western and the Anthony Wayne Trail,but I am not sure of the name.It could have been a place called Jaeger's.

It was Jaeger's. Before my time, but I had heard of it. I found an article in the Blade from 1966 that mentioned it still had human pinsetters. I assume that building is also gone?

posted by Sohio on Dec 05, 2012 at 10:29:05 pm     #  

Just remembered, there was a little bowling alley in the basement of a building on Sylvania, cannot even remember the block but I think it was closer to Lewis than Douglas. Only there twice, probably in 1969 as a senior, they had human pinsetters, too, a friend worked there and we went to hang out with him.

posted by nana on Dec 05, 2012 at 11:46:52 pm     #  

^King Pin Lanes - no "human pinsetters, i.e. pinboys", used American made mechancial pinspotters from AMF.

posted by justareviewer on Dec 06, 2012 at 10:28:57 am     #  

JohnnyMac posted at 04:06:10 PM on Dec 05, 2012:

Answer to Bonus Trivia from yesterday:

The building that Showcase Lanes went into previously housed a toy store called "Spree."

Interesting, I didn't know that. Blew through untold amounts of quarters playing Gorf and Galaxian at the old Showcase arcade. Loved that place.

posted by breaker on Dec 07, 2012 at 08:07:09 am     #  

Birdie King 2 was my game at Showcase. That sunken arcade room was pretty cool, now that I think about it.

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 07, 2012 at 10:27:57 am     #  

Trying to remember some of the places to add to the list of bowling centers.....
Glennwood lanes.
Bowladrome.
West toledo Rec.
Sylvania Lanes.

Paladium.
Rumpus.
Douglas lanes....now Miracle
Airport lanes.....also houses Nicks music and Games.

I had sat down after bowling one night with some of the older guys.....I think we came up with about 37 bowling centers all together.

I will try to remember some more and post.

posted by Rita51 on Dec 09, 2012 at 06:41:44 pm     #  

There was one in Point Place too forget the name of it.

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 10, 2012 at 10:37:39 am     #  

^New Barge Inn...I know, I'm a genius

posted by justareviewer on Dec 10, 2012 at 12:11:06 pm     #  

Rita51 posted at 05:41:44 PM on Dec 09, 2012:

Trying to remember some of the places to add to the list of bowling centers.....
Glennwood lanes.

Bowladrome.

West toledo Rec.

Sylvania Lanes.

Paladium.
Rumpus.

Douglas lanes....now Miracle

Airport lanes.....also houses Nicks music and Games.

I had sat down after bowling one night with some of the older guys.....I think we came up with about 37 bowling centers all together.

I will try to remember some more and post.

Based on my research, there was the Bowl-O-Drome (which was next to Rosary Cathedral, right?) and, at one time, also one called the Pal-a-Drome, and the two may or may not have operated at the same time.

There was also a bowling alley across from Tony Packos, here their parking lot is now, was it Goldstein's?

The library website photo section also shows a small bowling alley at 2214 Front (near Paine) in a photo dated 1937. It gives no name, though.

Also, Regal Lanes on Dorr. Building gone now, I think?

posted by Sohio on Dec 12, 2012 at 03:28:10 pm     #  

^ Yep, Regal Lanes turned into the Drought House, the Agora, etc. etc. Frank's Nursery and now field.

posted by justareviewer on Dec 13, 2012 at 11:17:26 am     #  

Regal lanes.....was owned by the Young family, if I remember correctly.

posted by Rita51 on Jan 04, 2013 at 09:13:14 pm     #  

Also, in the basement of the big building at the southeast corner of Starr and 4th, was East Toledo Recreation.

posted by Sohio on Jan 04, 2013 at 09:36:25 pm     #  

I wonder if there are any abandoned bowling alleys around...?

posted by OhioKimono on Jan 04, 2013 at 10:22:27 pm     #  

I remember the Spree toy store. I'm guessing that it was around 1971 or so...

posted by MI_Builder on Jan 04, 2013 at 11:15:53 pm     #  

Sure; although, if you mean abandoned bowling alleys that still have bowling equipment in them, that is much harder to find. There was the Playdium, of course, but the bowling lanes were long gone from that building. I would guess the lanes are also long gone from East Toledo Rec, too; I seem to recall reading that a boxing gym moved into that space at some point long ago. Seems like once a bowling alley closes, the bowling lanes get torn out pretty quick; whatever the fate of the rest of the building is going to be.

There was an abandoned bowling alley called Riviera Lanes down in Belaire, when I was very young we used to explore inside there when we'd go down to visit my great-grandmother who lived nearby. That one was shut down because of air contamination from coal mine gas. But, when we wandered in, everything WAS still there--the lanes, pins, balls, pinsetters, seats, etc.--albeit in pretty bad shape and under attack from the elements and vandals. It was still pretty cool, though. I am pretty sure the whole place got leveled at some point.

There was one called Star Lanes, south of Marion, on SR 4, I think. It was closed but still standing last I knew, but whether or not there would be anything left inside worth seeing, I am not sure. If you google it there are a lot of exterior pictures. There is also Jolly Lanes, at the corner of SR 4 and US 20, outside of Bellevue, but again, I have no idea what the status of the place is.

posted by Sohio on Jan 04, 2013 at 11:26:18 pm     #  

Not exactly an abandoned bowling alley is the Rumpus Room on Consaul. It has been converted to a rental hall next to the bar; the alleys still visible as part of the floor.

posted by BleacherBum on Jan 05, 2013 at 09:21:51 am     #  

Glenwood Lanes, how could I forget that?? I learned to bowl there in an after-school league (Glenwood Elementary). Had league the day Kennedy was shot, walked into the place and everyone was crying, it was surreal, even at my young age (12). I had no idea until that moment that anything had happened, they didn't say anything to us at school.

posted by nana on Jan 05, 2013 at 12:02:18 pm     #  

justareviewer posted at 09:28:57 AM on Dec 06, 2012:

^King Pin Lanes - no "human pinsetters, i.e. pinboys", used American made mechancial pinspotters from AMF.

So, maybe he worked maintenance, but I remember distinctly walking down the steps behind my friend and seeing him come out from behind the pin wall as we got to the bottom. He was her friend so I guess I didn't really catch what he was doing. LOOOng time ago, lol. :)

posted by nana on Jan 05, 2013 at 12:05:08 pm     #  

re: Rumpus Room...
http://toledo.craigslist.org/muc/3523988951.html

posted by justareviewer on Jan 05, 2013 at 12:42:55 pm     #  

Hmm. They refer to the bowling lanes in that ad, years after the lanes were shut down.

Rumpus Room is funny that way. They still have the old 'BOWLING LANES' sign out front, and they still mention their history as a bowling alley in ads like this. An old high school friend who hangs out there told me once that they still get out-of-towners who wander in every so often wanting to bowl.

Toledo used to be full of places like that; little bowling taverns. Not so much a bowling alley with a bar in it, but rather more of a bar that just happens to have some bowling lanes in it. Most of those places are gone now, but if you want to capture that experience, Secor Lanes comes pretty close. Their lanes are not very well maintained, but in my estimation, they still have that neighborhood-tavern-bowling-alley feel intact.

posted by Sohio on Jan 05, 2013 at 04:28:20 pm     #  

OhioKimono posted at 09:22:27 PM on Jan 04, 2013:

I wonder if there are any abandoned bowling alleys around...?

Here's one, in Detroit:

http://detroiturbex.com/content/parksandrec/redbowl/index.html

Looks neat...breaks my heart to see classics like that in ruins...

posted by Sohio on Jan 09, 2013 at 04:32:59 pm     #   1 person liked this

boy, I would love to have a couple of those lanes, they make GREAT workbenches!!!

posted by nana on Jan 09, 2013 at 08:58:19 pm     #  

Secor Lanes, imo, is on to something. They have a bar with a bowling alley......instead of the traditional bowling alley with a bar. The retro feel is pretty cool, too. Since leagues are a dying/dead pastime, bowling alleys must change their strategies. I like the owner's of Secor Lane's willingness to try something different.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jan 11, 2013 at 01:58:13 pm     #  

I agree. I just hope they stick with it! Beginning in the 70s, there was a trend among places like that to turn the bowling lanes into a dance floor or hall space. That is how we lost Marathon Lanes, Airport Lanes, Moline Lanes, Rumpus Room, Playdium, the list goes on. Let's hope Secor stays the course. Because, honestly, their bowling lanes are situated in what would be a perfect spot for a dance floor, if they decided to go that route.

I go in there, once in a while, during the day, and am the only person bowling. I get a kick out of the way the people at the bar kind of sit and stare at me. It was off-putting at first, but I got used to it. I thought maybe they were staring because they didn't want me there, but I later came to feel like they were staring simply because I was giving them something to stare at.

posted by Sohio on Jan 19, 2013 at 04:41:45 pm     #   1 person liked this