Former Bell's owner wins county commissioner primary over fair board member that closed park

Posted Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:25 PM | Contributed by Jeff

How could a woman who had never run for office defeat a longtime, well-known local politician in such a convincing fashion? Asked that question Wednesday, voters — and the candidates themselves — returned again and again to a single issue: Miller's role in controversial issues at the fairgrounds and the closure of Bell's Amusement Park.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:52 PM
I believe this calls for use of the word "PWNT!"
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Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:13 PM
Now Miller has ample free time to enjoy
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Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:09 PM
She could go to an amusement park and ride the coaster!
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Friday, August 1, 2008 10:30 AM
Hooray! Way way back I remember suggesting that the actions of the Board may have bordered on criminal, but that there could be repercussions during the next election cycle as board members' seats came up...

Is there ANY hope that Bell's could return to its former location? I got to sit in their parking lot and snap a few pics of the park, closed from severe weather including a tornado in the immediate vicinity....but never got in to ride Zingo! If there is no hope for that, can we at least convince the Bells to re-open the park somewhere?

Miller is but one of the cabal that drove Bell's off the site....hopefully some of the others will start to see some consequences as well...

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Friday, August 1, 2008 10:55 AM
Is there ANY hope that Bell's could return to its former location?

Why? Sure, that site has history but IMHO I'd rather see the park built on a space that isn't landlocked, doesn't have to contend with the adjacent neighborhood, and has room to grow with some yummy riverside terrain to use to its advantage.

Robbie Bell has signed a letter of intent to bring Bells back to Tulsa...let's hope he's found a nice spot to do it :)

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Friday, August 1, 2008 11:08 AM
^I was just thinking about the history and the fact that all the locals who supported the park knew where to find the place....the you posted and made me realize that Robbie could build *virtually anywhere* in the region and people would find the place. It was definitely weird driving thru the residential neighborhood with trees down all over the place and finding a closed park. The "neighborhood" aspect reminds me alot of the old SFEV...houses in Tulsa, condos in WA, but both of them were snugged up against the park.

"Yummy riverside terrain" certainly sounds like a better alternative...and I'd definitely make a trip back to Tulsa to actually go INSIDE the park next time... :)

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Friday, August 1, 2008 11:23 AM
Opening up in other location would make a lot more sense. Not only that, but with her as a county commissioner, that's obviously an enormous conflict of interest.
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Friday, August 1, 2008 1:20 PM
Last I heard the Bells were looking at land out by Sandy Springs (just west of Tulsa) along the Arkansas River.

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Friday, August 1, 2008 1:28 PM
Anyone want to bet that Jerry Murphy is starting to sweat?
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Friday, August 1, 2008 6:29 PM
Let me make an interesting, albeit tangential, point.

In other threads people talk about how it costs so many millions to relocate wooden coasters that it really makes no sense to do it. Yet, a small, family owned park not only has the resources to relocate the Zingo, but also to store it for a couple (or more) years.

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Friday, August 1, 2008 8:03 PM
Yeah...probably costing them millions, lol.
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Friday, August 1, 2008 11:05 PM
Most people in Tulsa have it out for Randi - I could have ran and won that election. I'm just glad that it was Sally Bell that did it.

I don't know how many people have been following the stories around everything that Randi has touched lately, but it hasn't been good. She has been linked with the ORU scandal, Bells eviction, Big Splash cover up, etc.

Why would Bell's want to be associated with the fairgrounds? Because the Tulsa fair brought in about 70% of the annual business to the park. But I don't think you will ever see them back there.

Also in regard to the confidentiality agreement for Bell's, we have worked on few different locations for Bell's so far - hopefully this one goes through.

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