MILFORD, Iowa - After being stored in Estherville for nearly two decades, the Sugar Bowl, the Barrel and the Giant Slide that once thrilled thousands of youngsters at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park will see service again -- albeit limited use -- when Boji Bay Fun House Pavilion opens here soon.
Owner Dan Wells said that after nearly three years of efforts he's hoping opening of Boji Bay will come this summer in the area that was Boji Bay Water Park on the north edge the city.
Boji Bay sits behind Boji Junction, an area being developed by Roger Athens. Boji Junction includes a strip mall and convenience store.
In addition to being one of the largest events facilities in the area, Wells said what will really set Boji Bay apart from any other resource is the Fun House pieces that many people thought were destroyed when the Arnolds Park Amusement Park was closed for a year after the 1987 season.
The amusement park re-opened under Chuck Long's ownership in 1989, minus several of the old and dilapidated structures like the classic Roof Garden Ballroom that sat atop the Fun House overlooking West Lake Okoboji.
Wells exhibited some of the Arnolds Park relics at the ground-breaking for Boji Bay in September 2009.
"We don't want to open a motel, but help all the area motels stay more full all year long." Boji Bay will operate as an events center much like his Hole N' the Wall Lodge near Akron, he said.
Wells is expecting to have the facility open to the general public during the summer seasons, with off-season use limited to meeting and banquets.