Wichita-Area Park Still Struggles As Economy Tanks

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ With three months before a planned reopening, owners of a Wichita-area amusement park are struggling to find an operator to run it

An industry analyst says the tightening credit and a struggling economy makes it make it unlikely Wild West World at Park City will reopen at all.

Gary Slade, publisher of Amusement Today, says the longer the gap before the theme park reopens, the harder it is going to be to get it going.

A representative of park owner AHG Group says after six months of talks, the owners failed to reach an agreement with Tulsa, Okla., carnival operator Jerry Murphy.

AHG representative Doug Spangler says AHG Group is moving on with a careful eye on regional economic conditions. But he adds that two other operators are very interested in running it.

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