"Unfortunately in the current economic climate, we have not beenable to complete the last phase of our park financing. Despite asuccessful first season, we are closing the park 13 weeks earlythis fall but are optimistic that we will be completely funded intime for our 2002 spring opening," says the park's vice presidentof marketing, Lynda Trelut.

Supermarket mogul Michael Bonfante, former owner of the Nob Hillsupermarket chain, provided approximately $80 million of the park'scost, which is an estimated $100 million. Bonfante expresses hopefor the park, saying that he thinks the park can attract enoughvisitors to be successful.

Bonfante says that the park hosted more than 280,000 satisfiedguests, which proves that there is a market for the amusement parkbusiness.

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