Indiana Beach Amusement and Water Park announced via Twitter that it has a new owner and plans to reopen this summer. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Chicago businessman Gene Staples has purchased the park and is planning to reopen by July.
Mayor Cathy Gross said, “The city of Monticello is excited to learn of the sale and new ownership of Indiana Beach. We look forward to working with Gene Staples and his family.”
In February, the park was set to permanently close after former owner Apex Parks Group failed to find a buyer. IIB reported that Apex filed for bankruptcy and was looking for new ownership.
“We hope and believe this is just the beginning of a great relationship and want to thank everyone that has made this possible. What is good for White County and our lake guests and residents is good for Monticello, and what is good for Monticello is good for them,” said Gross.
The publication says the 376-acre park dates back to 1926 and once drew more than 750,000 visitors annually. The Lake Shafer park and resort features roller coasters, a water park, zip lines, an arcade, and mini-golf, among others.