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August 30, 2013

Imagineering session yields new thoughts

CHICKASHA —

Imagineering—a term invented by Walt Disney in creating his theme parks—combines engineering and imagining.

An imagineering team made up of local business owners, high school students and a professional bowler and others took a "tour de focus" of Playtime Lanes in Chickasha, Johanna Lewis, of First National Bank and Imagineering Facilitator, said. 

The group used imagineering to try and see the bowling alley with all five senses. The group discussed different ideas they had with Playtime Lanes manager, Dwight Luttrell, who attended the group as they explored the bowling alley. 

The groups ideas are still just ideas at this point, but Luttrell took notes. 

The group told Luttrell they were impressed with the cleanliness of the facility. 

The group discussed adding some carpeting, whether a strip of carpet or area rugs to catch dust from making the area more slick. 

Another idea that was brought up was using the area's strengths by going with an industrial theme. They also discussed adding a lounge area and updating the coin machine and shoe station. 

Luttrell said that the bowling alley was in the process of getting new bowling shoes. 

Paul Lewis, of First National Bank, said that the purpose of imagineering for him is to benefit the community. He said his daughter had complained there wasn't much to do in Chickasha. 

He said that Playtime Lanes invited the group to come look at the bowling alley with a "fresh set of eyes."

Luttrell said that business is picking up after the summer lull and that this sunday the NFL Sunday Ticket will begin at Playtime Lanes. 

"I think this is an awesome facility that is underutilized," Lewis said. 

Playtime Lanes is owned by Bo McHugh and Frank and Cheryl Atwater.

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