Indiana Beach re-opens its doors after being closed for nearly 5 months

Indiana Beach is welcoming its guests back after being closed for nearly five months. News 18's Marvin Bills spent the day talking with those who were at the amusement park.They say they were thrilled to return to the popular attraction.

Posted: Jun 26, 2020 6:24 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—For many it was like homecoming.

"It's an emotional day and a relief," said New owner of Indiana Beach Gene Staples. 

It was also a special day for Savannah Asbell. She's always wanted a VIP pass into Indiana Beach. So her mother surprised her.

"Well my mom surprised me for VIP's and I am here doing a day at the beach," said Asbell. 

Indiana Beach workers held a ceremony in celebration of the park re-opening. Then VIP guests such as Susie Hendrichs were admitted into the park. She said when the beach closed it was heartbreaking.

"I was really dissappointed," said Hendrichs. "It was horrible. I felt like something had been taken away."

Although she's glad that the amusement park has re-opened and she can continue creating memories.

"It's awesome and I am glad to be a part of the VIP thing," said Hendrichs.

The Watson Family was with dozens of people who rallied when Indiana Beach announced its closing earlier this year. As a family they are glad to be back.

"It means a lot for our family."
"We just create memories and keep traditions alive."
"Now we can continue our history with our family. I can say "hey, let's go to Indiana Beach."

A day full of emotions that new Indiana Beach owner Gene Staples felt.

"It's just a relief that we got it open and it's not as perfect as I want but we'll get there and I'm just hoping that everyone's happy with what we've accomplished," said Staples. 

Staples said while he is thrilled to have the park back up and running the progress doesn't stop there.

"I'm walking around seeing little things and we are going to make improvements through out the summer and keep making it better and better," said Staples. 

Managment at Indiana Beach chose not to speak on the park re-opening during COVID-19. Indiana Beach has posted a full statement in regards to COVID-19 on their website.

To read their full statement click here. 

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