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Bowcraft Amusement Park Is Really Closing

After 70 years, Bowcraft is shutting down for good to make way for apartments and town homes.


Update on December 3, 2018

It's official: Bowcraft is closed for business. After a long wait, it looks like the Scotch Plains amusement park is closed for good. Rides and other pieces of the park are currently being sold off, but if you're looking to take home a piece of the park, it'll cost you a pretty penny. The family swing sets and swinging ship are currently being auctioned at $95K, the tilt-a-whirl at 10K and the rock & roll coaster at a hefty $444K. The location will become home to apartments and town homes.

Update September 16, 2018

It looks like it might be closing time for Bowcraft, whose future is up for debate on Monday night (September 25, 2018). The Scotch Plains planning board voted on whether or not to rezone the park's 13 acres as a redevelopment area and on Sept. 25, the township council is expected to vote on a redevelopment plan as well.  ATA Developers previously received approval from the board to demolish the amusement park and build 200 housing units. Word on how the planning board voted has yet to be announced. 

Update on September 20, 2016

 Bowcraft has posted a statement on its website, saying that reports that the property has been sold are not true. Per Bowcraft, the park will be open for the rest of this season as well as the 2017 season. 

Our original story below was published on September 16, 2016

The Scotch Plains amusement park staple, Bowcraft, will be closing its doors after this season. The land was recently sold to a developer who plans on turning it into apartments and townhouses.

Since 1946, this small amusement park was a Route 22 landmark for families. While lacking the big fancy rides of Six Flags or even the Land of Make Believe, it had plenty of old school options like the Merry-Go-Round, Balloon Ride, Super Slide, Dragon Coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl and more. The park feels, which makes visitors feel like they’re at a gigantic carnival remains one of the more affordable options for summer afternoon or weekend fun.

The Scotch Plains Planning Board meets to approve the developer plan on Sept. 26. It seems that the park will remain open on weekends through early October as per their schedule.

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