Fresno’s Storyland and Playland amusement parks could re-open by mid-September. The head of the new Storyland-Playland board thinks the parks can return to profitability.
Work is already underway to repair and re-open the parks after they failed to open.
Scott Miller, the chair of the new board overseeing Storyland and Playland says necessary repairs…especially to the train…should be far enough along to allow the parks to re-open by the middle of September.
“It’s absolutely achievable. The work required to get Storyland open is largely cosmetic. Playland has some bigger issues, but it is well underway already,” Miller said.
Miller says the goal is to open the parks shortly before Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo opens its new Africa exhibit.
He also says there is still much more work to be done to completely repair the parks but that several big partnerships are in the works to help restore them to financial stability.
Earlier this year the parks got a $200,000 challenge gift. So far, they’ve raised about a quarter of that amount. Miller says they need $850,000 to fully restore both facilities.