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114 days later, many of Washington State's family friendly recreational activities are sitting in limbo asking, "What about us? What does the future hold for our livelihoods? Is anyone in Olympia listening and do they care?

The History of Bowling

National Bowling Day

#BringBackBowling - contact your local and state representatives today!

Part 1) Host Kris Halterman interviews local bowling center proprietors from 20th Century Lanes, Mount Baker Lanes, and Park Bowl. Washington State is one of five states that have not reopened bowling and the governor has moved this recreation business to Phase 4 of the state reopening guidelines. Why? How has the closure for over 5-months affected the industry and what will it mean to be treated like Safeco Field and other recreations vs golf, fishing, hunting, gyms, and other private club organizations? Oregon and Idaho bowling centers are open for business. Why hasn't Washington followed suit as their neighboring states have?

Local, community, small businesses are under duress due to the Governor's "Stay-Home Stay-Safe" phased reopening guidelines. Washington State's many mom and pop style bowling centers are expected to close if the reopening guidelines are not changed. Washington State is one of five-states that have locked out bowling centers from reopening in Phase 2. Washington, California, Michigan, New York, and North Carolina are closed for bowling. Washington's southern and eastern border states are seeing a large influx of bowlers crossing their state lines to bowl and to join bowling clubs for next season which has many Washington State bowling centers asking, "Why aren't we allowed to open? We have large facilities that easily accommodate social distancing and have great safety protocols for public safety."

While most Washington state businesses have been allowed to reopen in some form during the COVID-19 pandemic, bowling alleys have not, and owners say the new regulations are threatening the future of the popular sport.

The Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association recently launched a Bring Back Bowling campaign, which includes a statewide rally on Saturday, Aug. 8. One of the rallies will be held at Bellingham’s Park Bowl on 4175 Meridian St., starting at noon. People are being encouraged to bring signs, wear masks and practice social distancing.

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Washington state about five months ago, bowling alleys were originally placed in the Phase 3 category of the state’s reopening plans. Last month the state decided bowling alleys should not open until Phase 4, a move that many bowling centers won’t be able to survive, said Greg Olsen, executive director of the association.

Part2) Host Kris Halterman will interview Robert Bordner of Slidewaters Water Park in Chelan, Washington. Slidewaters is a family owned and operated, seasonal recreational business which has been shut down by the Inslee Administration, fined, and threatened with jail time for defying the Governor's "Stay-Safe Stay-Home" phased guidelines for essential vs non-essential businesses in our state. Slidewaters in Chelan WA opened only to be shut down by orders from the Inslee Administration and enforced by the WA State Dept. of Labor and Industries--even after receiving approval from their local health department.

How has this affected their business and what does the future hold for Robert and his family-friendly business?

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus shutdown order has yet to deter fun-seekers from flocking to the public shoreline on Lake Chelan or protesters from descending on Seattle, but if Robert Bordner reopens his water park, he could go to jail.

Faced with a choice of closing down or landing behind bars, Mr. Bordner shuttered two weeks ago the Slidewaters Waterpark on Lake Chelan, but he refuses to go quietly, waging a legal battle against what he calls a “hypocritical” state reopening plan that threatens to sink his family-owned business.

“If the pandemic is too dangerous to open a water park, it’s too dangerous to protest,” Mr. Bordner, who owns Slidewaters with his cousin Burke Bordner, told The Washington Times.