Owner of Western Playland plans second park

Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 8:46 AM | Contributed by bigboy

The owner of Western Playland bought land in Sunland Park on Wednesday and said he will build a new amusement park there by 2004 while scaling down his operation in Ascarate Park. The plan to essentially move comes after last year's problems with local officials when they attempted to build a coaster, acquire more land and extend their lease.

Read more from the El Paso Times.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 8:48 AM
Jeff's avatar

I overheard some things at IAAPA last year... saw this coming. That's one way to smack it to your local government... take your business elsewhere!

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Friday, May 17, 2002 9:53 AM

I'd like to know how much land was purchased. Hopefully they plan on moving all the existing rides over to the new park over the next 12 years. This is going to be interesting.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 10:05 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

Way to go! I, too, hope they take come of the classic rides along with them.

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Saturday, May 18, 2002 8:00 PM
I hope other communities begin to respect the tax revenue generated by parks and that having them there is a plus to the community. I hope this serves as a warning to all those who attempt to say "Not in my backyard!" Fine. Put it in mine, my local economy sure could use the pick up and I the coasters it would bring.

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