Arnolds Park, Iowa — The Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park Amusement Park has long been a favorite entertainment venue for weddings and corporate events. This past June, the Park announced that the restoration of this historic property was complete.
The renovations included new flooring, original ceiling tiles, new sound tiles to control noise and improve acoustics, a larger stage that is handicap accessible, a rich mahogany bar with granite counter top, and historic roller rink prints on display.
According to Jeff Vierkant, CEO of Arnolds Park Amusement Park, the Majestic Pavilion is their most popular wedding venue because of its beauty and historical significance. The construction team did a fantastic job bringing her beauty back for many more generations to enjoy.
In addition to the Pavilion, the new Arnolds Park Museum opened its doors on Memorial Day Weekend. The new museum will house Arnolds Park memorabilia including the crazy clown piano, an old bumper car, recovered signage, and even video footage of the old Fun House. The most impressive exhibit in the museum is the original Fun House Toys – the Sugar Bowl, the Barrel and the huge Fun House Slide. These rides were donated back to Arnolds Park in the Fall of 2017 by the Dan Wells Family and Tim and Joren Kinnetz. The building size and height were increased in the fall, to accommodate the huge slide. The Slide is fully functional and open for rides.
They also received funds from 2 private donors, with the specific intent to purchase a new carousel. The carousel was ordered from Chance Rides out of Kansas City, Missouri. The thirty-six foot Carousel with spiral brass sleeves on each of the thirty animals, an antique-style lighted ceiling and decorative lighted finials, quickly became the showstopper at the Park this summer and has created the most amazing grand entrance to the Park.
Vierkant stated that they are excited about the amazing progress that has been made this past year at Arnolds Park Amusement Park and as they embark on Phase III of fundraising and breaking ground on a new Roof Garden.
They plan to restore the Roof Garden back to its historical charm. The new facility will maintain the classic look and feel of the original Roof Garden with updated amenities to make it a more functional year-round space. The new Roof Garden is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2019.