Bell's Amusement Park in 2004

Elaine Reddell, 9, of Pauls Valley and her cousin (under the spray) Blake Bishop, 6, of Tulsa enjoy a Water spray on the log ride at Bell’s Amusement Park on Aug. 4, 2004. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World File

Bell’s Amusement Park is in negotiations with two prospective locations for the park’s long-awaited return, according to a video posted on the park’s Facebook page Tuesday.

In the video, Bell’s Amusement Park owner Robby Bell speaks in a voice-over about the search as several overhead drone shots of the Tulsa area are shown. The clip ends with white text announcing the negotiations but doesn’t say specifically where those two possible locations are.

“Choosing the right location for Bell’s is an extremely important decision,” Bell said. “It is a multigenerational decision, and we have to find a spot where the park can grow but it’s also in a location where all of northeast Oklahoma, parts of Arkansas and Kansas can get to it relatively easy.

“Recently we’ve had even more inquiries from municipalities and property owners about us locating on their land. We will make a decision in the very near future, and we’ll be able to tell everyone where the new Bell’s Amusement Park will be.”

Interest in Bell’s return spiked after the park’s Facebook page was reactivated in September, and amusement park merchandise returned to shelves at Ida Red General Store locations earlier in November.

Bell’s Amusement Park closed after the 2006 season at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds when the county didn’t renew the park’s lease after it operated there since 1951. A much smaller version of the park briefly operated in 2013 in the parking lot of Swick’s Flea Market in west Tulsa.

In a video posted in September, Robby Bell said the park was taking a different, more active approach in its search for a new home than in previous attempts to revive the park.


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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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