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Bowling alley construction in full swing
Bowling alley pic
Part of the parking lot at the Ten Pin Fun Center has been poured, and the rest of construction is expected to be completed by late this year. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

In as little as six months, residents of Turlock will once again be lacing up their bowling shoes as construction on the highly-anticipated Ten Pin Fun Center is well underway.

“It’s pretty neat to finally see it happening,” said developer Rod Scott. “It’s a little overwhelming, but everybody is really happy, and this is going to be a big thing for the city to have.”

Scott’s first attempt to bring the center to Turlock fell through in 2014 after a lack of financial backing for the project, but now, the project has all of the funding it needs, he said, and development has begun.

The 52,000-square foot family entertainment center, which is located at 3700 Countryside Drive across from Lowe’s, will include 34 bowling lanes, a 4,000-square foot laser tag room with attached staging and vesting rooms, an arcade with 75 games and a prize redemption center, a separate bar for bowlers and a sports bar and restaurant that will include billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor bocce ball courts and an outdoor dining patio. The facility will also have seven banquet rooms that can host small birthday parties or large events.

The Ten Pin Fun Center’s laser tag arena will set the bowling alley apart from other local entertainment, added Scott. Designed by Stanislaus State’s own Eric Broadwater, who designs sets for the school’s theater department and has worked on several sets in Hollywood, the laser tag arena features a real-life battle tank and centers around a “Call of Duty” theme, complete with games like capture the flag.

“This isn’t just your ‘little kids’ laser tag. This is full-blown ‘Call of Duty,’” said Scott. “It’s going to be really nice.”

Already, most of the parking lot for the bowling alley has been poured, and the water, sewer and electrical underworking of the center has been put in. The framework for the building is currently being stored on the two-acre property next to the construction site, and the center will be erected in about a month, said Scott, after the foundation is poured and dried. From there, Scott expects development to run smoothly.

“I can’t give a specific date, but we’re pushing for a December or January opening, Feb. 1 at the latest,” he said.

To keep up with the Ten Pin Fun Center’s construction, visit their Facebook page, Ten Pin Fun Center.