Applauding the Savoy save

There is new life at the Savoy Bowling Alley and we couldn’t more pleased to see the action return.

There is new life at the Savoy Bowling Alley and we couldn’t more pleased to see the action return.

League play has already begun and this Saturday the Nelson Regional Sports Council will hold a grand re-opening. Even if you are not much into bowling, it might be an event worth checking out.

The relaunch of the downtown bowling alley is really a story about community partnerships and small town problem solving. As we’ve seen with the Nelson Civic Theatre, an important community asset was in danger of being lost forever this past spring. It took those who care the most about the facility to make us realize it and rescue the lanes from extinction.

In this case it was the Kootenay Advocacy Network that led the charge with strong support from the sports council and Kootenay Christian Fellowship (the building’s owner). Realizing how important the bowling alley is to the community, these three groups came up with a plan that works. That plan is now in action.

A bowling alley is an important gathering place in a rural setting like Nelson. It provides recreation for both young and old, especially during the winter months when opportunities for healthy exercise and activity are lessened.

We applaud all of those involved in making the Savoy rebirth a reality. It’s one more item in a long list of projects being taken on by dedicated community members who constantly strive to make Nelson a better place to live.