Future of Airport Bowl is in fitness

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Alice Cheesman (right) and Wanda Miller of Tecumseh work out at Curves, currently located in Tecumseh Plaza. Curves will be moving to a new location at the former Airport Bowl in Tecumseh. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

The sale of the Airport Bowl building has allowed owner Troy Wright to create something he always wanted to bring to Tecumseh. Part of the old bowling alley will be refitted for Tecumseh Curves with a special cardio workout area, but the rest is meant for students.

“What I wanted to do was something for the kids in the area,” Wright said. “We purchased the building three or four months ago. I’ve heard plenty of rumors of what it’s going to be.”

The rest of the building will be outfitted with turf to provide practice space for area baseball, softball and lacrosse players. There will be batting cages and movable netting to adapt the space for different groups or individuals.

The open space can be used for dodge ball games and Wright hopes for mini lacrosse tournaments as well. “I would have loved it when I was a kid,” said Wright. “This is something fun.”

His family has been frustrated with having to travel out of town for indoor sports activities and training. “Everything we’re involved with is out of town,” Wright said.

The plan is also to offer agility training and birthday parties in the cardio space. The floor from the bowling lanes will remain in place. Wright said the floors are in great shape, and will just need to be refinished.

“We’re trying to do most things local,” he said, adding that materials are coming from Tecumseh Plywood and Dick Faust will take care of the electrical work. “All the labor is being done locally.”

Although he has not decided for sure, Wright is considering reopening the store area for food sales. Those working out at Curves and in the cardio area will be connected to the outside world with the addition of large side windows and televisions.

Wright was approached by parents who told him there was a need for this kind of facility. “I think it will add to what the community center brings,” he said.
Work has begun on building renovation, but Wright is not sure how long before he will be open for business.

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