Mayor wants city to buy Visionland

Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 6:18 AM | Contributed by Shawn

Bessemer Mayor Quitman Mitchell said Thursday that VisionLand will open in early June and said the city should buy the park for less than bondholders' $25 million asking price. The mayor hopes to gain control of the park through a combination of open board seats and the resignation of the current chairman.

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Friday, May 3, 2002 9:36 AM
I don't think this is a good idea. Is it me, or has every pak partially owned by a city gone downhill?

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Friday, May 3, 2002 10:01 AM
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Cities don't have the same incentive as an operator, either. There's no pressure to grow the business.

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Friday, May 3, 2002 12:03 PM
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Well, this is one industry where the rule seems to be "grow or perish". I don't think you can have a park with minimal investment that'll survive long.....and I don't see voters or city officials chunking down 5-10M a year to keep a park growing, either.....

Somehow I think I'm gonna "go on a Rampage" sometime this year, before it's too late....

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Friday, May 3, 2002 3:56 PM
Yeah the whole idea just sorta sounds sketchy to me.
Saturday, May 4, 2002 6:03 AM
However, if the city only planned to buy the park temporarily to prevent it from closing and then sell it off to a major player in a year or two that would be a good solution. This doesn't seem like it would be a SF park, but maybe Cedar Fair would like a presence in the SE. Birmingham is only about two hours from Atlanta and could provide some competition for SFoG if Cedar Fair wanted to build it up.
Sunday, May 5, 2002 10:07 AM


Conneaut was saved by a city, Playland in NY was always owned by a city. What parks are you thinking of?


Sunday, May 5, 2002 10:50 AM
Let's just hope the city don't follow the "brilliant" operation of La Ronde by the city of Montreal... their motto was "take the profits and run with it!".

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