Update June 30, 2019
Unfortunately, this campaign has ended. Golden Pin Lanes closed its doors at 10pm on Friday, June 21, 2019. However, our vision for an affordable venue in the Miracle Mile area has not ended. One model we are looking at is “Pie, Felicia!” , and the campaign has been updated to “Safe Space Project, fka #SaveGoldenPinLanes”
The Original Concept for Golden Pin Lanes + is below:
Felicia Chew Community Project’s vision for Golden Pin Lanes:
A community center that features bowling and adds value to the community. We know that the Bowl has features that have attracted many community groups, bowlers of all levels, tournaments, tourists, and the State Women’s Tournament (the whole reason the County is not closing the Bowl before June 2019)!
The community center would include:
– a toy library
– a little library
– a place for Pima One Stop to set up a table
– a place for WIC and other City and County services to set up tables
– a community board for businesses and services
– home ec/cooking courses
– safe space for people in crisis, where they can meet with someone trained in crisis response, and their children can be kids in a safe space while they parents process and develop a plan
– a food distribution center (e.g. Food Bank, community gardens)
– craft market
– farmer’s market
– movies in the parking lot
– art display and sale space
– English language courses
– citizenship courses
– empowerment courses
– partnership with the Jacob’s Park YMCA, Monterey Court Galleries, Westside Substation, and other businesses along Miracle Mile
– bowling and arcade games (of course)
– bowling tournaments
– referrals to resources
– PE classes (bowling) for kids
– local employees
– internship opportunities
This *sounds* like a lot of services, because it *is* a lot of services! Using the space creatively, we can accommodate these programs and so much more!
We model the space after other existing community spaces. For example, in Gallup, New Mexico, there is a restaurant where Navajo and other Native artisans carry their wares on trays to sell to restaurant customers. The artisans must be approved by the restaurant in order to sell.
POW (Produce On Wheels) already exists. Meet me at Maynard’s already exists. Many services and businesses exist, and Miracle Mile could benefit from these services and businesses as well!
We just need money to buy the Bowl from the County… $2.65 million, which we can do… if everyone in Tucson chipped in $3/each. 🙂 A community center for each of us and all of us.
Please donate if you can, and share our gofundme page:
www.gofundme.com/savegoldenpinlanes (now disabled)
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