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Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby larrygator » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:29 pm

Another small park is closing. The land has been sold to a landscaping company and the previous owners are expected to sell the parks assets over the next 12 months.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/dallas/article220218585.html

This popular DFW amusement park is closing for good after 50 years
By Stephen English
senglish@star-telegram.com
October 18, 2018 10:56 AM


Sandy Lake Amusement Park, a popular Dallas-Fort Worth attraction for nearly 50 years and home of the annual FunFest music competition, announced yesterday that it is closing for good.

The announcement, made on the park’s Facebook page, said that the owners have sold the property “after 48 successful years.”

The post didn’t go into details about the sale, but owners said the park was bought by a nearby landscaping company, Southwest Wholesale Nursery, for an undisclosed sum.

“We’ve had 48 successful years,” said former co-owner Frank Rush.

“Things change. Nolan Ryan quit pitching baseball at one time. And we’re going out on top,” he said.

He said he and the other owners were glad to sell to Southwest, which won’t bulldoze the land and build on it, like previous potential buyers had proposed.

Rush, like the other co-owners, lives on the property and says Southwest is allowing them to continue living there for another year as they sell off rides, picnic tables and other property of the park.

The former owners noted on Facebook that while the park’s history dates to the 1930s as a swimming attraction, it wasn’t until 1971 that Sandy Lake blossomed into a true amusement park featuring rides, miniature golf, an arcade, paddle boats and annual events.

One such annual event was the FunFest competition for school bands. The park reported that more than 65,000 students were entertained at this year’s competition.

“At this time I do not have any plans to continue Funfest,” another former co-owner, Suzy Self, said via email. “However, you never know what the future holds in store.”

Self said it makes her smile to know so many kids had the experience of competing at FunFest, which she organized.

“We felt like we gave thousands of students the opportunity to display their musical talents,” she said.

“For years, I would wear my Sandy Lake hat into a restaurant and a waiter would tell me, ‘I was at that music thing,’” Rush said.

The park, which operated seasonally and charged $2 for general admission until the day it closed, said it also hosted thousands of company picnics, reunions and birthday parties over the years, along with giving thousands of teenagers their first jobs.

“If the park’s legacy is leaving most people with golden memories or pleasant thoughts, then the park has done its job,” the post reads.
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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby Philrad71 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:32 pm

Thanks for posting, Larry...I got tagged by my mechanic in Dallas about this two hours ago - he knows that I'm a theme park geek.

I never like seeing amusement parks close, but it is what it is, I suppose. :-(
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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby cal1br3tto » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:05 pm

Aw, man. Cute little place, and one I wouldn't have minded visiting again. The classic dark ride was neat, and the Rock-O-Plane was a plus. I wish I'd ridden Zumur...
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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby xXxVekoma420xXx » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:22 pm

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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby historyfreak92 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:58 pm

I just wish since Texas is a big state that we had more amusement parks like california! We dont seem to have much or anything at all but i know fiesta texas, & over texas but we need a few more big parks!

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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:17 am

It's sad to see another small park go, but I'm not too surprised. The Pretzel wasn't in the best shape last year and the park was empty.
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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby SharkTums » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:38 am

I also think it's getting harder for these smaller outdoor parks to compete with some of the giant indoor FEC, trampoline, ninja warrior type places that don't have to worry about weather.

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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby coasterbill » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:09 am

I've never heard of this place but hopefully somebody picks up some of these rides, especially the Rock-O-Plane, Paratrooper and what appears to be the weirdest looking swinging ship in America. :lol:

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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby SharkTums » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:37 am

Jake has a pretty good TR from this park back in 2009. Not much has changed!

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=910074

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Re: Sandy Lake Amusement Park is Closing

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:38 am

^^ Dutch Wonderland has the exact same swinging ship. I think it's an old, off-the-shelf Chance model.
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