Bell's lease expires, letter reads like eviction notice

Posted Thursday, November 9, 2006 5:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

It could be the end of Bell's Amusement Park at the Tulsa County fairgrounds. The lease that keeps Bell's at the fairgrounds expired Wednesday. Without it, the future of the park is in jeopardy. The park might not be offered a new lease and without it, Bell's would have to close and soon. Robbie Bell's family has run this park since 1951, but Bell's final season might already be behind it and it was a good one. "We had one of the best years we've ever had, despite a storm that had us closed down 20 days in June."

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Thursday, November 9, 2006 5:57 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Kicking myself for not making it down there this fall. :(
Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:43 PM
Yup, Approve a new coaster and evict them. Idiots.


Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:47 PM
rollergator's avatar We got to look in on the place after doing the TX parks a couple years ago, but they were closed due to a really bad storm...I flew home the next morning... :(
Thursday, November 9, 2006 10:19 PM
Here is an update.

Here is says the park has 120 days to remove all rides. This would include Zingo the park's roller coaster. Robby will speak tomorrow on the matter.

It could be interesting what he has to say........should he reveal everthing that is going on behind the scenes.

Thursday, November 9, 2006 11:23 PM
I'd be interested in seeing a parking lot bring in $135,000 a year.
Friday, November 10, 2006 11:38 AM
Another update:

I wonder if an outcry from coaster enthusiast would help matters? I bet the Tulsa County Commissioners would take a second look if people from outside the Tulsa area would give them a call:

County Commissioners

District 1 - Wilbert Collins, Sr. 596-5020

District 2 - Randi Miller 596-5015

District 3 - Robert Dick 596-5010*** This post was edited by Zingo 11/10/2006 11:38:47 AM ***

Saturday, November 11, 2006 10:09 AM
Here is today's story 11-11-06 Let the good times roll!
*** This post was edited by Zingo 11/11/2006 3:05:03 PM ***
Saturday, November 11, 2006 2:13 PM
The County claims that Bell's was not included in their "Master Plan" and therefore the reason not to renew their lease. Of course this was two days after they stated the reason was the lease expired and that Bell's only pays in $135,000 a year and that is not enough. Then on day three they change their story to the "Not Included in the Master Plan" statement? So which is it? Lease, Money, Master Plan?

The County politicians have more stories than Walt Disney, perhaps they should purchase the park and run it, they sure have a vivid imagination.

This brings up some interesting questions:

The County needs to get their story straight on this deal.


1. When was this so-called Expo Master Plan written and developed?

2. Why was Bell's not informed of the decision they were not part of the Master Plan? Why did the County extend their decision that was to be announced at the close of the Tulsa State Fair until Nov 8? They claim it was to look at Bell's Business Plan, but later they state that Bell's was not included in their Master Plan. Now which is it?

2b. Why was the Public, who's tax dollars pay for that facility, not informed of the decision to not include Bell's Amustment Park in this so-called Master Plan?

2c. Who was informed of the "Master Plan"? And where is it?. Let's see it published, should be public record. All the minutes of the meetings and results therefore.

3. Why was Bell's allowed to pursue the construcion of a mega roller coaster at their park, spending countless dollars and hours in legal battles in District Court, if indeed they were never included in the "MASTER PLAN"?

4. Why is the footage of that interview, where the County person stated Bell's was not part of the Master Plan, not on KOTV's web site now?

5. Why is the text of that statement not on KOTV's web site?

According to KOTV's News report Friday Night 5 and 6pm a quote from the County was that "Bell's was not part of the MASTER PLAN for Expo Square" Yesterday the focus was on the Rent at $135,000 which they said seemed too low, but then we asked the question what do the other private businesses at Expo Square pay and Bell's was by far the highest of those that have reported.

Discovered Drillers Baseball Stadium pay a low $18,000 annual rent.

Still waiting for the Rent numbers from the other private businesses that operate as attractions on the EXPO SQUARE Property. Not sure if they have a lease or not at this point. Expo stated that Bell's is their highest annual gross income of any of the other attractions they have on the grounds.

What is the rent proceeds from these Expo Tenants?

Big Splash

Micro Tel

Fair Meadows

The Armory

RV Park

The newspaper and the commissioner claim they have not received many statements in favor of Bell's staying at the Fairgrounds. EMAIL THE NEWSPAPERS,

*** This post was edited by AMP 11/11/2006 2:20:37 PM ***

Monday, November 13, 2006 9:32 PM
Buzz is really starting to be positive for the park......Maybe some minds are being changed. They have mentioned how the coaster sites have picked up on the story because of the zingo rollercoaster.

See the latest story

This is something that you can make a difference in.....please don't just sit there let something be taken completely away from the Bell's family.

Lets Keep the Good Times Rolling!

Monday, November 13, 2006 9:56 PM
Exposquare contact info

lets flood them with emails and calls!


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