Roeding Park’s Rotary Storyland and Playland will need $850,000 to $900,000 in repairs and maintenance in the coming year to reopen.
Officials with the popular longtime Fresno attractions confirmed earlier this week that they would have to close Playland and possibly Storyland for this season, the first time the parks failed to open in 60 years. On Wednesday, they outlined the costs to reopen the parks.
For Storyland, $500,000 will be needed to fix hazards, such as tree-damaged sidewalks, irrigation and landscape improvements, bathroom upgrades, train and track repairs. The funding also will help with operational costs for Storyland to open later this spring.
Another $350,000 to $400,000 is needed for Playland to cover cleanup, landscape improvements, ride upgrades and a new attraction. Plans are to reopen in 2016.
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Playland opened in 1955, two months before Disneyland. Playland merged with Storyland in 1992.
The parks’ attendance has dropped significantly in recent years after peaking at 152,000 in 2011. Efforts to keep prices low for visitors while attendance and concession sales have fallen has led to the recent financial problems, officials said.
Rotary does not own or operate the parks; rather, they are run through a nonprofit corporation. Rotary also doesn’t maintain financial oversight of the parks. But Rotary clubs have contributed to several projects in the parks.
To make donations for the parks, go to www.savestoryland.com.