ALPENA, Mich. — People visiting Alpena for their long weekend paid a stop at our local amusement park.
Even on its last day of operation for the year, plenty of vacationers were in for a last bit of fun before returning home for school or work. Visitors enjoyed everything from the go karts, to the arcade, to the mini–golf course.
Owner and founder Mike Arzo told WBKB this summer may have seen more visitors than pre–pandemic years.
“Even much better than 2019. We are way up than 2019. It’s amazing. We thought we were gonna do less. But suddenly things moved forward and everybody’s excited to go out.”
Arzo partially finances the park with profits from his electronics company downstate. He said he’s always thinking of ways to add new attractions and improve guests’ experiences.
However, Arzo added that free admission to the carousel will never change.
“When I was a kid, I didn’t have any money. I tried six times to get on the carousel… Five or six years ago, I decided to bring the best carousel ever over from Italy – a Venetian carousel. And I wanted to let all the kids ride for free!”
He said he looks forward to seeing everyone again next summer.