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Okoboji's Arnolds Park keeps improving for the future

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For the past 125 years, the beautiful Arnolds Park amusement park has drawn thousands of visitors to the lake every summer. But the park board will tell you it takes a lot of work and money to keep these buildings and the park looking beautiful year after year.

"Our season ends the first weekend of September, when we close up shop, that's when we start doing renovations on the park and the buildings and things like that," Arnolds Park Marketing Director Di Lorenzen said.

Whether its replacing sidewalks by the shops, repairing some of the rides or giving the pavilion a facelift, staff spend a lot of time and money making repairs all winter long.

"We have a full time staff that works here in our maintenance, and they do a lot of those projects," Lorenzen said. Admission fees and season passes help cover some of the repairs, but it also takes a lot of help from the community to keep the park looking beautiful every year.

"We have an annual fundraiser on August 2 called Party in the Park and that fundraiser helps us to raise a significant amount of funds to help us do projects each winter," Lorenzen said.

Business owners in Arnolds Park understand just how important appearances are to their summer turnout.

"If they don't come you don't survive as a business," shop owner Tim Marler said. "You look at a facility and you say is that somewhere I want to go to, is it safe, is it inviting, and sothat'ss what we like to do around here."

More visitors means park staff can work for a bigger and better Arnolds Park.

"There's a whole laundry list of projects that we have that we want to do." Lorenzen said.

And those small business owners can continue to thrive.

"Its a short a season everyday matters, improvements and the way the park looks brings out more and more people every year and then they tell your friends and they come, just a snowball," Marler said.

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