MONTICELLO, Ind. (WNDU/WTHR) – A familiar amusement park in White County, Indiana, is set to close after operating for nearly 100 years.
Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort is closed and has no plans to reopen, according to our sister station WTHR.
Indiana Beach was open for 94 years.
The longtime summer getaway was known for the catchy jingles featured in its commercials and the tagline "There's more than corn in Indiana."
Well, now there might just be corn.
White County Economic Development Director Randy Mitchell reportedly told WTHR the decision comes from the park's parent company, Apex Parks Group, which has been unable to find a buyer for the park.
"In addition to dozens of seasonal workers, Indiana Beach employed 27 people in administrative and maintenance positions. Mitchell said those workers were offered six weeks' compensation," WTHR reports.
It holds a special place in many people's hearts.
"My first job was there, as were my children," Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross said.
"I spent my entire life here," White County Prosecutor Bob Guy said. "Worked at Indiana Beach as a kid, taking my kids there as they were growing up."
But nostalgia does not pay the bills.
"Despite significant effort and a great deal of investment in infrastructure and rides, we have not seen an improvement in operating results," Indiana Beach says, in part, in a statement released Wednesday. "As such, we made the difficult decision to cease operations."
"It's sad. It's a wallop, that's for sure," Gross said. "Indiana Beach has been an important part of history, our legacy, for generations."
With the news Tuesday of the park's closure came questions from viewers about refunds for passes that had already been purchased.
"We can't get ahold of anybody to get any information on if we can get any of our money back," said Jeff Coakley, who bought passes for his whole family at the cost of about $460.
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