'Noooo': Your Thoughts on AMF Maple Lanes Closing?

The Fridley bowling alley is getting love online from people who will miss it. What are your memories of Maple Lanes?

Michelle Taylor of Columbia Heights was first to respond to word at the Fridley Patch Facebook page that bowlling alley :

Nooooo, my first job was there :( Bummer !!!!

Sara Koehler Stacy added:

I have also heard this...I used to bowl there. And I waitressed there too...

Tommie Knutson pointed out the impact is wide:

Thats So Sad To Hear That, I know that Fridley High School Uses that For Physical Education Class, Bowling as part as the Class....

Paul Lockman has a plea:

I bowl there a few times a month and it's rare to see more then 5 or 10 people in there . Its long overdue for a remodel and new look to attract more attention to it but has potential Someone save it !!

How do you feel about this news? Leave a thought or your memory of the local bowling alley in comments below.

In a separate chat interview at Facebook, Michelle Taylor said she worked in the kitchen at AMF Maple Lanes about 10 years ago when she was 16. Her sister, Lora Taylor, was a waitress and bartender and worked there "much longer than me." Taylor said. 

... My mom used to come hang with my and my sister when we were working, and those are some of my favorite times !!! Makes me sad to see it go

Taylor said the Fridley location may have suffered because of competition from bigger alleys—"the ones with arcades and laser tag and such."

"It is super sad," Taylor said.

Do you feel the same way, or didn't you go to AMF Maple Lanes. Share your thoughts in comments below—or upload a photo or video to this post!

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Gwen Nawrocki August 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
My Husband and I met at Mapel Lanes in 1961. My girl friend and her husband asked me to join the Innsbuirck mixed league with them. I didn't know how to bowl but I thought it would be fun. Most of the people were married couples, but on about the 8th week, my future husband and I bowled against each other. He asked me if I would like to go out with him. We started dating and got married in October of 1962. It has been a GOOD Marriage and we will celebrate our 50th anniversary. Roger does not bowl any more, but his avg. was usually about 180. I never did become a good bowler. Gwen Nawrocki
pam moen wolsfeld August 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Back in the 70/s it was bowling then going to chanticlear!! Sad to see a fridley landmark closes its doors... Fridley has changed so much
Ryan S August 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sadly, I don't think this will be the last old-school bowling alley to close. As a long-time bowler, it seems the only way for some of these centers to survive is through massive complexes where bowling is just a part of the equation (see Brunswick Zone-type places). I don't remember who, but somebody said we'd all be better off if everyone joined a bowling league. Meet neighbors, friends, co-workers once a week for some social time and good fun; no matter your skill level. As someone who bowled at Maple a few times over the last 10 years (and my dad the 20 years before that), its sad indeed.


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