Centreville Amusement Park and the farm it operates on Toronto Islands have suffered $8 million in lost revenue in due to flood-related damages and is now also facing an estimated $6 million in fixes and repairs.
Shawnda Walker, Centreville’s director of marketing, said the heavy rains and flooding the islands experienced this year had a huge impact on sales, revenue and damages.
“It was our 50th anniversary. We expected it to be a great year, lots of things planned and this kind of came out of nowhere,” she said.
The amusement park usually opens its doors in the beginning of May. This year, it wasn’t able to open until the beginning of August.
“It’s a huge loss that we aren’t able to recuperate in a month. The kids are back in school on Tuesday,” she said.
$6 million in damages and repairs
While most of Centreville has been back in action since the reopening, parts of it simply haven’t been able to recover.
Walker says the biggest piece of land that sustained damage was Far Enough Farm, which the park has operated for five years and which has not been able to reopen after the flooding.
“The ride that got damaged the most was the train. It really runs right across Lake Ontario, and it goes over in some parts so it was flooded completely, the train tracks have shifted, so we haven’t been able to open that this year,” she said.
The loading systems for the swans and the bumper boats were also flooded. In total, the cost of repairing all the damages is expected to be $6 million.
Walker says the repairs will start in October once the season closes.
Antique carousel sold for $3 million
In order to offset the losses, the park has sold an antique carousel that is more than a hundred years old.
Over the last ten years, the park has had several offers for the antique carousel. Walker says it was sold for $3 million to help soften the loss in revenue.
“As it turns out the mayor in Carmel, Indiana, is a carousel fanatic and he’s retiring,” says Walker. “He’s been the mayor for 20-25 years. They came along and said we want to buy it as a gift, kind of as his going out.”
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