The pandemic was hard on a lot of businesses in the Capital Region but for one, they took it as a sign to retire. After forty-seven years in business Hi-Way Recreation Bowling in Wynantskill will close its doors for good.
According to News Channel 13, owner Artie Hoffman was dedicated every day to Hi-Way Recreation Bowling since it opened in 1973. Those customers over all of those years had turned into good friends and supporters. After the bowling alley had to shut down during COVID-19, Hi-Way Bowling took a major financial hit. That's when Artie said he knew that the signs were pointing toward him retiring.
Bowling alleys are an integral part of each town or city. Growing up Bowlero Lanes was an important part of our childhood. My grandmother was an avid bowler and she was very good. She even had her own ball. We think she was so good because she was an amazing bocce player. She would always bring home trophies when she went bowling. We still have some of her trophies and I actually have her bowling ball. The bowling alley is still open in Mechanicville but it's under a new name.
Hi-Way Recreation Bowling was an important part of Wynantskill and the surrounding towns. They have hosting many tournaments over the years and even had Averill Park student athletes sign their letter of intent to attend college and be a part of their bowling teams at the alley.
I am sure Hi-Way Recreation Bowling will be missed. A farewell party was held this past Sunday for Artie Hoffman and his bowling alley.