Inland Empire locals said goodbye to Scandia Family Fun Park this past weekend, after over twenty-five years of operations. Almost eight acres in size, the family park featured nearly twenty rides, miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, restaurants and more for families to enjoy.
The park officially announced it’s temporary closure for renovations in early February but now has announced its actual sale for other development. President of Scandia Recreation Centers Scott Larson, commented on the reasoning behind the closure of the treasured park.
“Really, what made the decision was lawsuit abuse -or fake lawsuits- well, its quite a burden. You have to measure that with the risk. Ultimately, we had an offer that was a very good offer, so we made that decision,” reported the Daily Bulletin.
The digital newspaper also reported via the San Bernardino County’s online civil court database, that the park had been impacted by multiple claims and suits related to personal injury within the last few years of business. However, all of the filed claims were shown to be settled.
Larson did not reveal any information about the buyer but he did confirm that it will not continue as an amusement park.
“It’s been fun making memories with them for almost three decades,” commented Larson to reporters.
The company’s additional parks are located in Victorville and Sacramento and are said to not be currently affected by this sale. However, Victorville’s Daily Press reported that some of the rides and arcade games from the Ontario park are rumored to potentially be moved and upgraded at these neighboring locations. No park employees confirmed or denied these allegations but they did refrain from commenting all together.
Several rides since the sale of the park have been listed for retail on a popular New Jersey website, Rides4U.com, which sells amusement park rides and equipment. Some of the equipment listed includes the “Big Coaster” for $950,000 and the “Fun Slide” for $40,000, reports Victorville’s Daily Press. For more information, visit www.scandiafun.com.