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GILROY, CA-The South Bay’s newest theme park may be seen on the market soon, due to the park’s lack of funding. Only three months after opening, Bonfante Gardens, a Gilroy amusement park with a horticulture theme, has closed its doors due to financial difficulties.

“Unfortunately in the current economic climate, we have not been able to complete the last phase of our park financing. Despite a successful first season, we are closing the park 13 weeks early this fall but are optimistic that we will be completely funded in time for our 2002 spring opening,” says the park’s vice president of marketing, Lynda Trelut.

Supermarket mogul Michael Bonfante, former owner of the Nob Hill supermarket chain, provided approximately $80 million of the park’s cost, which is an estimated $100 million. Bonfante expresses hope for the park, saying that he thinks the park can attract enough visitors to be successful.

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

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