Duckpin bowling centers have struggled to stay afloat along the East Coast in the last 30 years. Chris Roth, a former WQSR DJ, and three partners are stepping up to reopen the 26-lane duckpin center later this month.
Parkville Lanes closed nine months ago, because the owners found it no longer sustainable to keep it open. The Harford Road building is currently undergoing a $50,000 rehabilitation process. The new duckpin bowling center will feature a jukebox, full snack bar, soda machine and pinball machines. The partners are awaiting final approval of a liquor license.
The contractors are putting the finishing touches on the building and a grand reopening is scheduled for August 12. Once a regional obsession, duckpin bowling utilizes small pins and balls than the traditional ten-pin bowling. Today there are only about 3,500 duckpin bowlers left and a handful of lanes.
Roth said they would rely on a large marketing campaign to draw people to the sport and facility.
7607 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234