BRANSON, Mo. - For nearly six years, the former location of the Branson Heights Shopping Center on West Highway 76 has sat vacant and untouched, until now.
In less than three months the current tornado-devastated lot will be transformed into a nine-acre amusement park to be called America’s Fun Park, according to Marketing Director Rick Billington.
"The idea is, if you remember when you were a kid, going to the state fair and going through the midway. We're going to take the state fair midway and move it to the strip in Branson," Billington says.
"There's going to be rides, there will be games, there will be food. Just something to do for the family that will be a new affordable family attraction there on the strip. And make use of this great location and this great property that needs to be redeveloped there on the strip."
Billington adds the park will feature different themes as the seasons change. The carnival theme will be present through the year, but more present during the summer. In the fall there will be more of a craft festival and haunted house theme and a Christmas theme in the winter.
Billington explains how the idea for this Branson attraction came to be.
"This is local folks - local businessmen in Branson that have had this idea for several years of trying to do this type of presentation in other locations. But this particular piece of land seems to be the best spot for it. They contracted with a major exposition company that does set up ride acquisitions and set-up at state fairs and other events across the country. Their idea was just to bring another affordable family attraction to Branson."
Admission into the park will be free, however, armbands to partake in the rides will be 20-dollars for adults and 14-dollars for kids 11 and under. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the weekdays and 10 a.m. to midnight on the weekends.
Billington says the park plans to have a soft opening towards the beginning of May 2018, with a grand opening to follow on Memorial Day Weekend.
(Tim Church, Hometowndailynews.com)
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