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For some it is shocking, for others they saw it coming; almost a century of food, fun and family is gone from Indiana Beach.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 11:40 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 2:50 PM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — For some, it is shocking, for others they saw it coming; almost a century of food, fun and family is gone from Indiana Beach.

The amusement park is closed indefinitely and all that remains are the memories.

White County's President of Economic Development, Randy Mitchell, said this was a punch in the gut.

Indiana Beach is no longer listed on Apex Parks Group's website nor social media.

"I've got a lot of phone calls I have to make," said Mitchell.

In his seven-year career as White County's Economic Development President, Randy Mitchell said he did not think this was a phone call he was going to have to make.

"Apex Parks Group made the decision to close Indiana Beach," said Mitchell.

This happened Tuesday afternoon.

After more than almost a century of operation, the amusement park will be empty.

Apex Parks Group could not find a buyer for Indiana Beach.

"They just were not successful in finding anybody so that's what lead them to this decision," said Mitchell.

The decision has community members on social media in an uproar.

"It means everything," said Mitchell. "It is the cornerstone of our economic development engine."

The old 1996 Indiana Beach Jingle said there's more than corn in Indiana.

Now it's without an operating amusement park 30 miles north of Lafayette in Monticello.

John Walker owns the Arbor Lights Resort. It butts up against the property line of Indiana Beach.

"Right in my backyard," said Walker. "They're in my yard."

Walker said this decision did not surprise him at all.

"People complain all the time," said Walker. "They kept raising the prices. Couldn't even go in there and walk around."

He knows Indiana Beach was a cornerstone for the community.

"I hate to see them go actually because for this town it was there livelihood," said Walker.

There is livelihood lost, but a silver lining.

Apex Parks Group told Mitchell there will be information soon regarding the status of employees, the rides and what's to come for the more than 300-acre space.

Mitchell told News 18 Apex Parks Group is looking into disassembling the rides and giving them to their other amusement parks.

Apex Parks Group owns nine amusement parks in California and two others in Florida.

We will stay on top of this story and any developments will come on-air and online at WLFI.com

For some its shocking, for others they saw it coming; almost a century of food, fun, and family is gone from Indiana Beach.

Amid Indiana Beach closure White County officials say businesses need to stay tough

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