August 31, 2014 5:28 pm

Thrill-seekers young and old say goodbye to Crystal Palace

MONCTON – A long line of visitors made a stop at Crystal Palace on Sunday, as the popular amusement park prepares to shut its doors for good after the long weekend.

The facility has been open for 24 years and many Maritimers say they have fond memories of the park.

“We came here last year, so I’m trying to win something nice for the wife,” said Chris Cashen, who traveled to Moncton with his wife Michelle to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.

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“It’s kind of sad to see it closing down. It’s a little piece of history,” Cashen said.

“The only regret I have is that I won’t be able to bring my kids here to share in it.”

Many parents, including Latoya Oliver, made a point of taking their children to the amusement park so they could make some last-minute memories.

“I’m glad I got to bring them before it closed,” she said.

The Maritime Fun Goup has purchased the rides, so there is a chance they will end up at other local attractions.

The site will be home to a new chain retail store that specializes in fishing, hunting and outdoor gear.

With a file from Emily Baron Cadloff

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