SPOKANE, Wash. --- The City of Spokane Park Board approved a resolution to sell most of the antique amusement park rides removed from Riverfront Park.
Earlier this week, the Riverfront Park Committee had drafted a resolution that would keep three rides and the tour train, but sell the rest. The Park Board approved the resolution Thursday afternoon.
In the meeting, Jon Moog the Riverfront Park director, reiterated the fact that the master plan moves the park to being more event-based, rather than its previous function as an amusement park. This, along with the cost to keep these aging rides maintained, led to the decision to sell the majority of the rides.
The board is still exploring the idea of purchasing two new amusement rides for the park. Previously, they had considered buying something like a Ferris wheel.
Funds collected from the sale of the old rides would be designated to any new attractions.
Nine years ago, the rides were appraised at $350,000. Earlier this year, they were appraised again at $155,000.
One Park board member asked how the Riverfront Park Committee decided on keeping up to three rides. Board chairman Ted McGregor explained that the number of rides the Parks and Recreation department could still afford to keep maintained.
Of course, the decision does not affect the Looff Carrousel or Sky Ride as those rides will remain at the park.