Bell’s Amusement Park
Proposed New Theme Park
Broken Arrow, OK
???? - New Park - (12/18/21) While we know the plans are now in progress to bring back Bell’s Amusement Park to Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, it seems some of the locals in the area are not happy about the idea of having a theme park in their quiet neck of the woods. From what I understand the area where the new Bell’s is planning to be built is a quiet large piece of land that has never been developed, so the immediate location would seem fine. But as usual, there are always NIMBYs out there who don’t want any major projects coming into their areas out of fear of traffic, noise, or just general commercial build-up.
Local residents who are opposed to the coming of Bell’s have apparently begun meeting in private to discuss their options, but they have yet to submit any kind of formal objection, which falls in line anyway as even Bell’s has not submitted their final building plans yet. The good thing is that I’m sure Bell’s is more than willing to meet ith them to discuss their concerns and hopefully they can work out a solution sooner than later, while all the plans are still flexible.
(11/6/21) It is now official… Bell’s is returning to Oklahoma. Bell’s has purchased a 102 acre site in Broken Arrow, just south-east of Tulsa. For those who visited the old Bells, it was built on 10.2 acres leased from the Fairgrounds, so owning a site 10 times the size of the old park should give them the room to really do something special this time around.
With no restrictions on their operating season imposed by the fairgrounds, the new Bell’s is now planning on being open 10 months out of the year, closing only in January and February. The park will be able to take full advantage of the various holiday seasons for the first time as well, with plans to offer special events for Halloween and Christmas for the first time. According to the announcement, this new location will include a thrill park, a kiddie park, a waterpark and an indoor section featuring go-karts and VR attractions.
We’ve also got a longer video from the press conference where different people speak about the new project. Unlike some other older parks, Bells did not go under because they were in bad financial shape. Instead Bell’s reported at the time that the park closed that they had been having some of the most successful years ever, and had dreams of growing bigger and expanding at the fairgrounds site. Instead the fairgrounds decided to not renew Bell’s land lease and forced the park to shut down in 2006.
So I wish Bell’s the best as they begin the work to transform this piece of empty and undeveloped property into their new home. And yes, they did say that the park’s famous “Zingo” wooden coaster will rise again as one of the new park’s offerings. I didn’t notice a timeline as to when the park will be ready to open, so I imagine there is still a lot to figure out going forward, so stay tuned!