OSMOND – Osmond, Nebraska is a town with a lot of community pride. That’s why when a local landmark closed down recently, a group of residents banded together to bring it back.
Osmond’s Spare Time Alley was a fixture of downtown for over 50 years, but about six months ago, the longtime owners retired, shuttering the six-lane bowling alley.
But Osmond wasn’t ready to see it go away.
“A group of us decided bot to give up on it yet,” said Dennis Kuhn, an Osmond resident who is one of ten people that have invested in the alley’s revival. “We’re a strong-knit community here in Osmond and we wanted to keep this going.”
Kuhn is part of a group that recently bought the building and have begun renovating it. In their spare time, the group volunteers with the renovation efforts.
It may not look like much yet, but the group is excited for the finished product.
“We’re in the process of doing a bit of renovation,” Kuhn said. “We’re working on some machines and stuff like that to make this viable for Osmond.”
Kuhn says it’s more than a bowling alley, but a reminder of the greatness of their small town.
“[Bowling]’s always been a tradition here,” Kuhn said. “It draws the whole town together a little bit. Hopefully we revive that a little bit and make it a little bit more.”
He added, “Things are changing, but hopefully this is a toss back to the way things used to be.”
The renovation schedule is at the mercy of the weather a bit, since some of the group also farm full-time, but Kuhn says they hope to be back open for business in four to six weeks.