May 15, 2006
Mechanicsburg, PA -- Williams Grove Amusement Park will not open this summer unless a buyer comes forward or a qualified management team is found to operate the park.
Owner Morgan Hughes, 86, has been seeking a buyer for the amusement park or a management team to operate it for several months.
Hughes says he is willing to sell the park for $6 million. The only condition is that it must remain an amusement park.
Several interested buyers have come forward, but no one with enough cash or the right experience.
Sally Loh and her son Justin have operated the amusement park and neighboring speedway for a number of years.
According to Hughes, the Loh's will now devote all of their time at the speedway instead of sharing the duties between the two.
Business at the speedway has increased recently since Williams Grove took over some of the racing programs from Silver Springs Speedway. The change in business is forcing Hughes to either sell the amusement park or find a manager to operate it.
Hughes has owned the Williams Grove amusement park and speedway since 1971. He says he has no interest in selling the park to a developer. He doesn't want to see the park torn down.
Meanwhile Hughes says the amusement park has been prepared to operate this summer just in case a buyer or operator is found. If the right person comes forward the park could open in a couple of weeks.
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