Enchanted Island Amusement Park to stay open

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It looks the beloved landmark "Enchanted Island Amusement Park" will stay open, at least for now.

The City of Phoenix Parks board voted Wednesday night to extend its contract with the current operators of Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park.

The rides and roller coasters have been at Enchanted Island, located at 7th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, for 70 years. Kraig Lyon has owned the amusement park for the last 25 years.

"I fell in love with the amusement industry and getting to work with children every day and put smiles on faces," said Lyon.

With Lyon's 10-year contract coming to an end, the city wanted to open up bidding to new companies but the time-line would have meant closing the park and that's not what the public wanted.

"A lot of memories. Tons of memories that we wouldn't even be able to bring back up with our little ones," said Ivan Diaz.

And with a unanimous vote, The City of Phoenix Parks board voted to approve a one year extension with Kraig Lyon at Enchanted Island and to enter into negotiations for the remaining four years.

The contract would expire in 2020.

"I think it's just keeping a very first-class quality amusement park. It's a great amenity for the city of Phoenix," said Esther Avila with the City of Phoenix.

Enchanted Island features a historic carousel, pedal-boats and canoes for the lagoon, bumper boats a splash zone, a train and arcade games.

Admission is free, but there is a charge for the rides.