Posted Friday, September 5, 2003 5:02 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Four years after a fund-raising drive to save Arnold's Park, the park on Iowa's West Lake Okoboji has shown it can attract visitors and has reasonable prospects for remaining solvent in the future, according to officials who oversee the enterprise. But securing that future could take an additional round of fund raising in an economy much softer than that of 1999, and in a community that has been frequently tapped for money for public projects.
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I was just at Arnold's on August 30th. (Trip Report to follow). The park didn't seem to be doing too badly. But read what Jeff wrote. He stated the park CAN draw a crowd, and does see a solvent future. Things aren't depserate yet, but just the same, anyone who can, should stop and give them a whirl.
We don't need to loose another classic. We surely don't need to loose a classic that meant 7 million dollars to people just 4 years ago.
And ride the Rock-O-Plane!
Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...
But decision making in the hands of a 28 memeber volunteer board is asking for trouble. Since the park is owned by the Museum, you probably have a group more familiar with the management of a non-profit organization or private institution that relies heavily on endowments, donations, charitable contributions and the like. This sounds like a situation where financial guidance from the outside would be beneficial.
$700,000 for a donated ride? Yikes!
I love small parks. I love the idea of them and what they represent. I, too, will try to make a visit to the park next year.
*** This post was edited by IBsteve 9/5/2003 5:32:28 PM ***
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