The Maysville Roller Rink in Maysville, KY has been around for generations. In fact, the owners say that their great grandparents skated there many years ago. Today, after a devastating fire completely destroyed the building back in February 2022, the owners are in the process of rebuilding the family business which has been a part of the community for generations.
The owners, Mathew and Megan Davenport are designing a new and improved version of the long-standing business. In addition to the roller-skating component, the owners have signed an agreement with Funk Bowling North America to install 10 lanes of bowling to the newly renovated location.
The owners met with Funk Bowling at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, FL in November 2022. IAAPA is The Global Association for the Attractions Industry and the IAAPA Expo event is one of the largest events in the world for the entertainment and attractions industry. Shortly after the meeting, the owners signed an agreement to bring 10 lanes of bowling to their location.
“We are so pleased to be partnering with Funk Bowling, bringing yet another entertainment element to Maysville. We believe Funk’s string pinsetter bowling will complement our already popular skating rink, as well as allow for an additional form of entertainment for our local community to enjoy. We look forward to a long relationship with Funk Bowling and can’t wait to get started.”Mathew Davenport, owner of Maysville Roller Rink
The build-out includes a total of 10 bowling lanes featuring Funk’s proprietary string pinsetter technology. Funk’s string pinsetter is one of the world’s most used string pinsetter globally. The company estimates that their clients save roughly 90% on maintenance and machine services with their string pinsetters vs. the traditional free-fall pinsetter. In addition, maintaining the machines don’t require an expert technician and this maintenance can mostly be handled in-house.
“We are honored to be part of this project as Mathew rebuilds his business and continues his family legacy. From the beginning, we made a connection with the Davenport Family, and we wanted to be a part of his rebuilding. Along every step in the process, Mathew would talk about doing this for the community, the community needs this. Funk Bowling is a 3-generation family business built of strong values of family and community. Just like roller rinks, bowling centers bring community together and create memories for generations. We are pleased to welcome the Davenport Family into the Funk Family and look forward to helping them provide entertainment and memories for their community for generations to come.”Jim Riepenhoff, COO at Funk Bowling North America.
The build is expected to begin March 2023.
About Funk Bowling
The Funk Group combines over 100 employees worldwide and is Europe’s largest manufacturer for bowling equipment. Funk operates two manufacturing facilities in Germany and one in the United States. The rich heritage in the bowling industry that dates back to 1885 making Funk one of the oldest bowling companies. To this day, Funk upholds its quality promise by controlling as many production steps as possible in order to carry out manufacturing and installation of products with the highest quality and reliability. Funk’s String Pinsetter is a prime example of those values, and, combined with new digital products, Funk is ready to lead the charge in bowling innovation. Funk’s mission is “Creating Exciting Bowling Experiences” and we believe that bowling is a great way of bringing people together – whether for social or competitive events.