Buldozers sit outside of the former Kenai Bowling Alley on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Buldozers sit outside of the former Kenai Bowling Alley on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Old Kenai bowling alley comes down

The business closed in 2015

Demolition work began on the Kenai bowling alley last week, marking a new development for the building, which closed in 2015. Bulldozers and piles of debris could be seen Thursday at the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road in Kenai, where a crumbled facade once faced Three Bears.

The bowling alley, which was built in 1984 as Kenai Bowl, originally sat on city-owned land and closed in 2015. After former owner Ken Liedes, who operated the building as Alaskalanes, defaulted on annual lease payments to the city, the bowling alley closed, according to Peninsula Clarion files.

Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom told Kenai City Council members during the body’s Wednesday night meeting that the bowling alley changed ownership last week. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander confirmed Friday that people who bought the property have plans to build a new structure at the site.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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