A Colorado amusement park that closed in April of last year was helped clear out all of its rides and items after being auctioned off.
Amusement park fanatics have a way of ensuring they get onto their favorite rides whenever they can. The most popular ways include getting a full book of tickets that let you on whenever you want, or better still, a season pass to avoid lineups at the entrance gate. Now, there's another option: Buy the entire park.
Such opportunities don't come this way all that often, especially if it's a Disney franchise that continues to make money hand over fist. But some of the smaller parks get squeezed out of the entertainment market when other leisurely pursuits spring up all the time, which is the case with Golden, the Colorado-based Heritage Square Amusement Park.
The site closed in June after 47 years in existence, succumbing to financial hardship. On Thursday, the attractions were being liquidated by Norton of Michigan Auction. Up for grabs among serious bidders were 11 amusement rides, including a 1963 version of the Tilt-a-Whirl, an Eli Scrambler built in 1966, and an Eli Ferris Wheel, which had been running since 1977. Also on the block were an assortment of arcade games, go-karts, bumper boats, a zip line, swan paddle boats, restaurant equipment, and park benches and tables.
A spokesperson for the auction company reported a high level of interest across the U.S. for the inventory, especially from other theme parks. Smaller items were deemed to have been sold to patrons who frequented the park when it was still operating and wanted keepsakes of the place.
Before Heritage Square closed down, efforts were made to modernize the area, especially with an anticipated introduction of a larger roller coaster, which was planned for 2019. The park had just introduced its state-of-the-art electric bumper boats before it was shut down. A few years earlier, Heritage Square had renovated its Garden Grill kitchen and dining area. The arcade had also expanded and the go-karts attractions were also upgraded with a newer fleet on the track.
Purchasers of smaller Heritage Square pieces had until Friday to remove their items from the premises, while those who landed larger items have until Nov. 13 to haul them off the site.