The Beginning and 1st Remodel
Sergeant in the Army for Demolition for 4 years and retired Tenneco Division Administrative Manager Vernon Gensch, and his wife, Secretary at Engineering school in Virginia Jean Gensch first opened Arapahoe Bowling Center on December 5, 1985. With help from investors he was able to create the ideal bowling center that he had always envisioned: Tall ceilings, bright lights, and a big concourse area just to name a few. He wanted a family vibe and wanted to be the #1 place for bowling. His son Fred Gensch and ex-wife Kris, along with daughter Jamie, moved from his oil field job in Oklahoma to help run the family business. From then on it was time to make Arapahoe the place to go for Real Bowling.
At that point in time Arapahoe Bowl had 40 lanes, enclosed bar & lounge with a small snack bar attached, a playroom for kids, a small pro shop and the front counter was directly in the middle. We have always catered to our loyal league bowlers and we hosted many PBA tournaments and established ourselves as a clean, friendly and great place to bowl. Arapahoe Bowl has had steady success over the years.
After 20+ years, Vernon retired & his son Fred took over the business. Fred decided it was time to upgrade. At this time, we didn’t fill all the lanes for leagues and had a few other changes we wanted to make, so in the summer of 2006 Arapahoe Bowl undertook a complete remodel to become what it is today!
Now Arapahoe Bowl has 32 lanes, a huge arcade area with many activities, a bar, a big restaurant, a big pro shop and the front counter got moved to where the pro shop used to be, to make the space nice and open. Once we reopened in the fall of 2006, we’ve had continued success and over the recent years, have grown stronger and stronger!
Today Fred is the Owner and CEO and his son Billy Gensch is the Marketing & Sales Director/Manager, which truly makes it a family business. Arapahoe Bowl could not be where it is today without the great staff members that make Arapahoe Bowl the place to bowl. This includes but is not limited to: C.O.O. Tyson Lundquist, Night Time Manager Chris Fiser, Head Mechanic Chris Curran & Day Time Manager & Weekend Manager Ben Owens
Below are pictures of Arapahoe Bowl before the first remodel:
2018 – The 2nd Remodel
Starting the summer of 2018, we decided to make a change. Business is so good that we need the 8 lanes we took out in the first remodel of 2006. The “Smallball Area” is no more and 40 brand new lanes are being installed and will hopefully be ready for 2018 fall leagues. Below are some pictures of the Smallball Area before the construction and a few pictures of the current construction. Just another piece of history to add to our story!