good-timesby Eva Potter

Ellicottville is filled with year round outdoor adventure opportunities, and sports enthusiasts will soon have another option with the opening of a new recreation facility in Olean aimed at active family and adult entertainment.

Shannon Barie, marketing manager for Good Times of Olean, said the facility has been in the planning stages for over two years.

West Long and Todd Scott, owners of Good Times, have conducted extensive research and have involved community leaders, business owners as well as the general public in developing the facility to meet the community’s needs. The partners have also met with regional chambers of commerce to cross promote events and activities in the entire Enchanted Mountain region to encourage local engagement and tourism.

The $7 million facility promises to provide be a great complement to hiking, biking, swimming and all the other outdoor activities the region offers — especially on rainy days. No more children whining, “I’m so bored!” Now families looking for active and engaging entertainment for children and adults of all ages can easily spend an afternoon or day doing age-appropriate things together.

The Good Times entertainment, dining and recreation facility, located at 800R East State St. in Olean, adjacent to the softball fields of Forness Park, is only short 25-minute drive from Ellicottville.

This new 40,000-square-foot, multipurpose venue, the first of its kind in the Twin Tiers region, houses a 16-lane bowling alley with expansion potential, 1,400 person event center with seating for over 500, three restaurants offering everything from casual dining to upscale but affordable fare, a game room promoting non-sedentary fun all on the first floor, as well as a large meeting room for birthday parties, meetings and more. The mezzanine level boasts multiple card, pool and ping-pong tables, an outdoor covered patio, a separate area for dart leagues and a VIP room overlooking the event center.

Barie explained that Good Times is available for all types of league play including bowling and darts. She stated there will be bowling lanes open at all times for non-league use.

Set on 10 acres in east Olean with views of Marcus Pond and the surrounding hillsides, outdoor entertainment facility, being built by Duggan & Duggan General Constructors, also includes four beach volleyball courts, six batting cages, plenty of green space for kickball, Can Jam and other outdoor sports. One of the crown jewels of the sports complex is the fully restored, original miniature golf course from Forness Park.

“If you’ve never seen it — and most people haven’t — it’s because it’s been covered in 6-foot high weeds for the last 15 years,” said Barie of the long-abandoned course. “It’s spectacular. You could find this course in Florida.”

Barie said the facility was designed to keep people engaged. “We want to get people up and moving. So many people are stationery at work or kids playing video games.”

Good Times is preparing for a soft opening in early July. If your group or league is interested in making reservations, please email

Barie said the facility plans to hire 100+ employees. Anyone interested in applying can still mail a resume and cover letter to GTO at P.O. Box 1325 in Olean, NY 14760.

The company’s website is still under construction, but you can follow the facility’ progress on Facebook at Good Times of Olean.

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