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.

Read more from the Birmingham News.

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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

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

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.
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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.
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Sunday, May 5, 2002 10:07 AM

Jes,

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

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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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