Published On: Fri, May 27th, 2011

Cherokee Fun Park re-opens

While a host of kids watch on, Principal Chief Michell Hicks cuts the ribbon to officially re-open the Cherokee Fun Park on Friday, May 27. Also shown in the photo are (back row standing left-right) Birdtown Rep. Tunney Crowe; John Marhoefer, Entech chief engineer; Shane Grae; Vice Chief Larry Blythe (yellow shirt) and Anne Herzog, president and CEO of Entech. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

 

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

                The roar of the go-karts and the blinks and blings inside the arcade are back.  After an almost two-year hiatus, the Cherokee Fun Park is back. 

Shown at Friday's grand opening are Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Birdtown Rep. Tunney Crowe, Entech president and CEO Anne Herzog and Vice Chief Larry Blythe.

                An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, May 27 as the park opened for business.  Entech Creative, based in Orlando, has revamped the property and will run the operation. 

                “We’re very excited to be here,” said Anne Herzog, president and CEO of Entech.  “We have a great staff that really helped us pull this all together.  We’re looking at a really great season.” 

                Several tribal officials were in attendance at Friday’s ceremony including Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Vice Chief Larry Blythe, Birdtown Rep. Tunney Crowe and several members of the EBCI Planning and Economic Development staff.

Kids of all ages wasted no time to get the go-carts going on Friday.

                “There’s been a lot of people that have worked really hard to get this Fun Park back open,” said Chief Hicks.  “I think that the big thing is to give the kids here in Cherokee and the visitors something else to do here.  It’s a good family environment, and it helps us keep folks an extra day then its work well done.  We’re excited, and I think it’s going to be a really good season for them.”

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