Located at the start of the SeaBreeze district in Rochester New York, Parkview
began life as the 6-lane Beale Bowling Center in 1940 (in a building
that was previously a car dealership). It has been in
continuous operation as a bowling center ever since. In
1941, two more lanes were added, bring the center to its current
total of 8 lanes.
In those days,
pins were set up by hand by pinboys...some of whom still bowl at Parkview today!
In the 1960s, the center was upgraded with AMF automatic
pinspotters (featuring AMF's Magic Triangle "pindicator"
displays) and Brunswick "Gold Crown" surface ball returns...the
same equipment used by the center today. Once commonplace,
Parkview is now the last center in the Rochester area featuring
(working!) pindicators and scoring with pencil and paper.
Those, along with our vintage wood lanes, provides an authentic
retro bowling experience.
In 1981, the center was purchased by Margaret "Peg" Martin, a
member of the Rochester Bowling Hall-of-Fame. A tireless
advocate of bowling in the Rochester area and an accomplished
bowler in her own right, thousands of bowlers benefited over the
years from her coaching and kindness. You weren't just a
customer at Parkview, you were a member of Peg's family and were
treated as such. Beloved by the Parkview family, Peg
passed away in 2015. The center is now run by her children
Kevin, Ken, Kathy, and Keith.
Today, Parkview Bowl is very much the same place it's always
been...a unique, friendly place to bowl. Many bowlers find
Parkview a welcome change from the impersonal nature of the
large corporate-owned centers. We encourage you to visit
our center and see what we have to offer.
Please check out our photos section for more
pictures of Parkview!