Bowling Is Back in Trumansburg After 16 Years

by Bob Johnson 0

The Village of Trumansburg in New York’s Tompkins County had been without a bowling center since April 24, 1999, when Tri-County Lanes was destroyed in a fire.

But as of last night, bowling is back in Trumansburg, thanks to the opening of a new business called Atlas — a restaurant and a bar that uses bowling as an entertainment element. Atlas was opened by Todd Parlato, a former customer of Tri-County Lanes, which also was home to an eatery called Richard’s Restaurant.

Like so many tenpin facilities of the 1960s through the ’80s, Tri-County was the social hub of the community, and Parlato hopes Atlas will serve the same function in a new era for Trumansburg.

“If we had more space, we probably would have brought in vintage pinball machines and dart boards, but we're comfortable with the layout we have,” Parlato told the Ithaca Journal.

As it is, Atlas has five fewer lanes than Tri-County Lanes: seven, equipped with above-ground ball returns.

To view a photo gallery of the new facility, go to:

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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