Firestone News (Gastonia, N.C.) /
Jan. 1, 1958, edition 1 /
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New Plant Recreation Facilities In Full Use
Center For Play And Leisure
Affords Varied Activities
Another forward stride in the plant sports
and recreation program was taken recently,
when the new Firestone Recreation Center
was finished and the moving-in completed.
The modern play layout takes up the en
tire area of the lower level of what used to
be known as the Girls’ Club building. On
the ground-level floor are offices, social
hall, lounges with showers, and a latest-
style kitchen with dining area.
In the recreation space there are 4,800
square feet for organized employee play,
The play center walls are of masonry and
ceramic finish, with acoustical ceiling and
flooring of concrete. Interior walls are paint-
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ed soft green with the ceiling of eggshell
The latest kind of fluorescent lighting has
Facilities provide for bowling, billiards,
shuffleboard, checkers, chess, and table
tennis. There is a television viewing corner,
a magazine-and-newspaper reading rack and
a concessions counter at the Ransom street
The building, at the corner of Dalton and
Second avenue, has received a new dress
of paint on its exterior. Plans call for new
interior decoration in the social hall and
dining area of the street-level floor.
A parking lot of crushed stone accom
modates 30 cars at the east end of the Cen
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This brighl Colonial sign facing Second avenue replaces the
old Girls' Club marker. li invites employees, members of iheir
families and Firestone villagers lo spend leisure hours in whole
some recreation. The lawn of the new Center is being re-landscaped.
A snack bar is located near the entrance from the
Ransom street side. Ben Davis, one of the clerks, chats
across the counter with Paul V/alker and Maude
Peeler. The most up-to-date office quarters, with three
entrances, are provided on the street-level floor. Be
sides routine scheduling, planning and cor
respondence, the office is publication place for the
'weekly Recreation Bulletin and provides facilities for
the plant Travel Information Service. Recreation
Director Ralph Johnson and Secretary Earlene Creas-
man are busy on a typical daily work schedule. In the
main recreation area a giant bulletin board makes
room for schedules and other items of interest. Assis
tant Recreation Director Bobby Purkey (right), goes
over a billiards schedule with Bob Jones.
Magazines, newspapers, bulletins and brochures are
provided in a reading center. Richard Chastain (left),
and Blease Parks brouse through current magazines.
This season, there are 42 bowling teams for men, wo
men, boys and girls. Here, Ophelia Wallace (left),
talks over her score with Virginia Bridges. Table
shuffleboard, a modified form of the old game of lawn
bowling, is a popular sport among men employees*
Kenneth Bell (left), and Charles Dodgen are among
members who make up 24 teams this season.
Games that require concentration and not so much
physical effort are especially liked by retirees. Thomas
Little, retired Shop foreman, matches skill with Mar
tin Briggs, an active employee. There are 12 men's
teams of billiards. Homer Stephens waits his turn, as
Leroy Thomas tries his skill. Table tennis provides
action for many Center devotees. Jerry Thomas (left),
and Ronnie Dill rest after a game. Several activities
on the year-round recreation calendar are carried on/
in season, away from the Center. Among these ar^
basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, bocce, tennis
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