Metro Vancouver's largest indoor amusement park opens June 5

Jun 6 2020, 3:18 am

Metro-Vancouver’s largest indoor theme park has taken extra precautions to prepare for its grand opening.

According to Glen Vilio, c0-owner of Central City Fun Park, there are a number of attractions, including mini-golf, rollerblading, an arcade, and a new form of bowling.

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New bowling lanes ready for opening weekend. (Central City Fun Park)

Raised in Surrey along with his brothers, Erik and Steve, Vilio said they operate a number of family-friendly facilities in the Lower Mainland, including Go Bananas and the Funky Monkey Fun Park. What’s different about this indoor amusement park is that the building is designed around the skating rink with more room for all ages to have fun in a safe environment.

“We’ve got a lot of different facilities and this is by far our best and biggest. It has a large number of quality attractions. The arcade takes up the most square footage in the building, and we’re introducing a new style of hybrid bowling where you don’t need bowling shoes,” said Vilio.

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Skaters physical distancing (Central City Fun Park)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fun space will be operating at reduced occupancy from 300 to 40 persons. As an extra precaution, there will be an enforced use of masks by all guests. Face masks will be provided if needed.

For those wanting to stretch their legs or show off their roller skating skills, the activity will be limited to 12 skaters at a time, and the number of bowling lanes will be reduced in half. To ensure further physical distancing, the arcade games have also been spaced out.

If parents plan to bring along children under eight or persons who are asthmatic, they will not be asked to wear a mask, but face shields will be provided for them to use and return before leaving.

Although the Central City Fun Park has indicated on their website that sanitation and cleaning procedures have been enhanced, the Pizzeria and Hologate VR areas will remain closed until further notice. Concession and party rooms are also closed, but beverages will still be available for purchase.

“The Hologate VR which is probably one of our best attractions and probably the first in Canada. The sanitizing of the masks and VR equipment is really difficult to do so we are working on a way to come up with a proper sanitizing procedure,” Vilio said.

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The arcade with games spaced out to support physical distancing. (Central City Fun Park)

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased prior to arrival. Tickets include a designated entrance time and $20 Fun Card. Guests are allowed to stay a maximum of two hours, and access is limited to 20 people per hour.

Vilio said he expects everyone to have lots of fun this opening weekend.

“A lot of people have been stuck inside without anything new or fun to do.”

Central City Fun Park opens to the public on June 5.

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