Save Robin Hood Lanes: Another bowling alley threatenedon January 20, 2012 @ 4:05 pm (Updated: 11:06 am - 1/21/12 )
The folks with "Rally for the Alley" want your help saving Robin Hood Lanes in Edmonds. It's just one more bowling alley in the region that could end up becoming a condo or strip mall. Actually, in this case, a Walgreens.
Luke says killing a bowling alley is destroying a piece of Americana.
"I feel like they're these great time capsules of American culture. You can take the kids there and have a beer."
But, Luke says, not the Lucky Strike bowling alleys. A true alley "smells like shoes and has dingy carpet."
Teri Terrano, a protest organizer who pays $20 every Tuesday night to bowl at Robin Hood, says the "bowling alley is absolutely packed. There's over 1,000 league bowlers who bowl there each week."
She says bowlers range from seniors to little kids to high schoolers.
Terrano admits in the end, they probably won't be able to save Robin Hood Lanes from the bulldozers, but says she's still holding out hope. The Edmonds Beacon reports 1,500 people have already signed an online petition to stop Walgreens from replacing the alley.
If you've driven past Robin Hood Lanes, you know that the potential new Walgreens would be going in across the street from another pharmacy (Bartell's) and the QFC. Terrano says they hardly need another place to fill prescriptions.
Terrano says Walgreens has submitted the permits to the City of Edmonds, but they haven't been approved yet. Apparently there has been some disagreement between the owners of Robin Hood Lanes, building owners, and land owners about the future of the bowling alley.
Luke has a curse for the likes who have mowed over Sunset Bowl and Leilani Lanes in Greenwood, and now for Walgreens.
"To the people who end up living in the condos that are built above Sunset Lanes, may the echoes of all of the pins dropping haunt your nightscape. May it be like a cursed Native American burial ground of bowling and fun. And I would extend the same curse to whoever puts a Walgreens on top of Robin Hood Lanes. May all of your prescriptions be filled slightly incorrectly because of the tears of all the of the bowlers you've destroyed."
Terrano says she's trying to get The Dude from The Big Lebowski to attend the rally, to which Luke says, "He (Jeff Dowd) will show up anywhere."
By Stephanie Klein, MyNorthwest.com Editor
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