Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2001 4:32 AM | Contributed by StealthmF5m3
Ocean Journey, and aquarium complex near Denver, says that it has talked with Six Flags about a possible sale. The aquarium is experiencing financial problems and is exploring its options so that the bond holders who paid for the project can eventually be repaid. Six Flags has no comment about the possible acquisition.
The way I interpret the articles is that the facility itself is on that 17 acres. If the facility wasn't part of the deal, they wouldn't say, "Gamel added that he would personally oppose a sale to any buyer who would not continue Ocean Journey's educational and conservation programs."
The only way they would go away is if the facility was part of the sale to someone not interested in continuing said programs.
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Ocean Journey is across the S. Platte river from SFEG itself. The river is not an insignificant obstacle. Any bridge to cross it is going to be a serious piece of hardware. Also, staring across the river at Ocean Journey, it doesn't look like there's much open space surrounding it. Regardless of the outcome of this deal, I think Elitch's expansion is going to have to take place on their own side of the river. And I'm kind of bummed, because they don't seem to have any interest in adding another coaster. We got the Nth copy of a boomerang a couple of years ago, and nothing since.