A 45-year landmark will soon disappear from the city's landscape.
C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, which owns Kona Lanes, plans to demolish
the bowling alley within the next two weeks, company spokesman Paul
Freeman said Friday.
The alley, which closed May 18, reflects Tiki googie architecture,
the quintessential "look-at-me" style that began in Southern
California in response to the car culture and explodes with
Support for the aging alley swelled in April when the City Council
considered a Kohl's department store for the area of the Mesa Verde
Shopping Center where the alley and the now-defunct Edwards movie
theater and Ice Capades Chalet are.
But that did not translate into economic support for the alley,
which survived the last few years only because of rent concessions
from the Segerstroms, owner Jack Mann has said.
For the past two weeks, Mann has sold off items such as bowling
pins, shoes and larger pieces of equipment. On Monday, Mann will
vacate the property and a fence will be installed around it, Freeman
At the request of Planning Commissioner Katrina Foley, the
Segerstroms will save and restore the popular Kona Lanes sign,
"A lot of people wanted to see the sign saved," Freeman said.
The Segerstroms aren't sure what the future holds for the
"We don't have any specific plans right now," Freeman said. "We're
looking at a number of options."
During the discussions on Kohl's, many residents bemoaned the loss
of a place that provided family fun.
"I'm really concerned with the social impact of losing another
recreational area," Cheryl Kerr said. "A bowling alley offers a
socializing opportunity. Psychologically, it's very important in
developing children into safe adults."
* Editor Tony Dodero contributed to this report.