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Arnolds Park Amusement Park developing plans to ensure its future

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Summer is just around the corner and Arnolds Park Amusement Park is making plans to continue their redevelopment of the property that was almost lost to area residents and visitors nearly two years ago.

Cary Parker, general manager of the site, is excited about the upcoming additions to the park.

"We are on track with the new Okoboji Flume water ride. The cars were delivered last week," said Parker. "One is on display in the museum."

"We are also doing a lot of work on the entertainment schedule. We are going to do things quite a bit differently than what was done in the past. We had great acts, but most were all from the same era. We want to have a lot more diversity. Another idea is to put together a 'Saturday in the Park' event, where there would be free concerts in the greenspace early in the evening. This way, people will be able to get out and enjoy other activities in and around the area. They will end early enough so people can enjoy other venues." He hopes that this will spark a larger interest in music throughout the area and will become a catalyst for alternate entertainment.

"We need to be a lot more careful. There's a magic number we have to stay at to make entertainment viable and profitable. We want to develop an ongoing steady event that will appeal to a broader audience."

Read the rest of this article in the 2/10 Pilot Tribune.