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  • A popular northern Indiana amusement park is celebrating its 88th birthday with new rides and a plan for growth.

      A popular northern Indiana amusement park is celebrating its 88th birthday with new rides and a plan for growth.
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MONTICELLO, Ind. -- A popular northern Indiana amusement park is celebrating its 88th birthday with new rides and a plan for growth.

Indiana Beach officials say the park first founded in 1926 has seven new rides for visitors this year.

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The park was owned by the Spackman family until it sold the facility in 2008. Community officials who rely on the nearly $60 million the attraction pumps into the local economy each year had expressed concerns about layoffs of non-seasonal employees and utilities that were shut off for lack of payment.

Indiana Beach Vice President Don Hurd tells the Pharos-Tribune that park officials are optimistic about the park's future and that feedback on the new rides has been "very positive."

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