White Oak Duckpin Lanes is set to reopen at the end of September, according to a post on the outlet’s Instagram account.
“The long anticipated return of the white oak duckpin lanes will be September 30 at 10:00 am. (If nothing crazy happens!!!),” owner George Sloan announced on Instagram. “Keep a look out…we are planning some prizes and have more updates to roll out!!! Please share and get the word out!!!”
White Oak Duckpin Lanes opened in 1959, and Sloan, who began working at the bowling alley at 15, bought the business in 2018, according to the Washington Post.
Extensive damage from flooding just before Labor Day weekend in 2021 forced the bowling alley to close. After his insurance company and landlord refused to cover the damage, Sloan launched a GoFundMe campaign, which raised nearly $28,000.
Landlord Saul Centers, Inc. blamed the owners for removing a sump pump that nobody knew was present, including the previous owner who owned the business for 42 years. “Immediately, Saul decided to make it their mission to blame me for everything that’s happened,” Sloan said to the Washington Post last year.
The bowling alley’s Facebook posts indicate that the facility’s 24 lanes have been rebuilt, including approaches and pin decks. “When you come back, White Oak will have new lanes, approaches, and pin decks!”, Sloan wrote in February. “Hope everyone is as excited about that as we are!”
Located in the White Oak Shopping Center at 11207 New Hampshire Ave., White Oak Duckpin Lanes will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 30 at 10 a.m.
Photo: White Oak Duckpin Lanes / Facebook