Oklahoma amusement park owner focuses on rebuilding

Published: January 2, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The third-generation owner of Bell's Amusement Park in Tulsa is on a mission to rebuild the park — one ride at a time.

Robby Bell's grandfather, Robert Bell Sr., started Bell's Amusement park in 1951 with just six rides. It soon became a destination for birthday parties, family outings and school trips. The park closed in 2006 after the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority failed to renew the park's lease.

In 2011, Robby Bell announced he was reopening the park at a different location with a handful of small rides. An online campaign recently raised $19,000 to help install additional machines.

Bell says some visitors come to him in tears because they are so happy to take their children to the park they once frequented.


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