The snowmobile season is in full swing in Old Forge, but now that the Governor has announced outdoor amusement parks can reopen on April 9th, there’s a new excitement around town. Town of Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer talked about the buzz.
"The present news about Water Safari…what a great boost looking forward to the spring and summer."
Farmer says the water park has a huge impact on the local economy, and it’s the number one attraction in the area. The opening comes with some guidelines that Katie Wojdyla, Enchanted Forest’s Vice President and Director Marketing, says are still a little unclear.
"Once we have the guidance from New York State in a couple weeks they’re saying, we should be able to at that point understand exactly what the 33% means, but you know these guidelines start in early April for parks. We open in mid-June, so a lot could happen between April and June. We’re hoping maybe by the time June comes things might look different for us."
Things might also look a little different at the cash registers. The tourism the park brings in can be felt throughout all of Herkimer County.
"We’re one of the largest employers in Herkimer County, so we employ a lot of young individuals in the summer. That didn’t happen last year. Obviously because we didn’t open, but we’re looking forward this year to bringing jobs back, making sure the economy is stimulated in our area, and it’ll be a huge advantage for the local businesses."
The snowmobile season has been booming since January, and some of you might think that’s made up for the loss over the summer, but Mike Farmer says that’s not how things work here in Old Forge.
"There really is no making up for that loss of revenue. Once that happens in a seasonal turnover during the year, we can have a good year, we never get that back."