Oaks amusement park closes after fight, threatens to ‘shoot the park’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oaks Amusement Park told visitors to return home early Friday night after a fight that broke out between minors escalated into a reported threat to “shoot the park,” Portland police said.

The park confirmed to KOIN 6 News that management has decided to close an hour earlier and cancel the scheduled open skate session for the safety of its patrons and staff.

Officers received a call from park security around 5.45pm saying a fight between six minors had broken out and someone may have had a knife, although police said they did not see a weapon .

According to PPB, a security guard then heard one of the boys on the phone, telling someone to “come shoot in the park”, although the boy told officers he was just asking for a ride.

The boy claimed the threat actually came from someone in the group he was arguing with, police said.

A minor was removed from the park by security and no arrests have been made.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Oaks Park spokesperson Emily MacKay said: “Guest and staff safety is always our top priority at Oaks Park. Illegal behavior is not tolerated on our property and we have measures in place to deal with people who choose not to respect our staff or other park guests. These protocols were followed yesterday when an incident involving multiple patrons became a source of safety concern for park management. We appreciate the outstanding response from yesterday’s park visitors who promptly and courteously followed our instructions and left the park without further incident. We look forward to many more days of family fun with our friends and neighbors.

Harold B. McConnell