WYOMING — Kimmy Longfoot reacted with sadness when she heard Rich’s Golf and Fun Center in Wyoming would not open this year.
“It was one of the few places we had left to take the kids during nice says and I’m sad to see it go,” said Longfoot, of Courtdale. “I went there a lot as a kid and yet another good, safe place for my kids to go is gone. It’s a shame.”
As area residents began to anticipate the center’s opening, owner Richard Ceccoli left a recorded message saying he is sorry the center would not open this year for reasons “beyond my control.”
The message went on to thank customers, friends and employees for their loyalty.
“I am so very sorry,” Ceccoli said.
Swoyersville mayor Chris Concert is sad about the closure.
“I always like an evening of mini golf,” said Concert. “It’s where I take a date when I have one.”
Concert hopes the center will open again in the future.
The business, located across from the Midway Shopping Center and behind Victory Pig Pizza on Wyoming Avenue, has been an area staple for those of all ages for decades.
It offered miniature golf courses, double decker driving range, bumper boats, baseball and softball batting cages, mini go-carts and arcade.
For those who came hungry, the center featured an ice cream and food bar.