Portland OR amusement park closes early after fighting


Oaks amusement park near Portland closed early after fighting broke out, following the early closure of Knott’s Berry Farm in California a week earlier, Oregon officials said.

Screen grab from Oaks Amusement Park video

A second US amusement park in a week was forced to close early after fighting broke out, officials in Oregon have reported.

Oaks amusement park near Portland closed an hour earlier Friday, July 22, after “unruly behavior and altercations” among guests, the park reported on Facebook.

“This behavior was inconsistent with our mission and was not the experience we want our guests to have,” the park said.

The park reopened on Saturday, KGW reported.

Portland police told KATU they responded to at least one fight involving six teenagers in the park and also heard rumors that someone was planning to “shoot” the park.

The closure came less than a week after Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park closed three hours earlier on Saturday, July 16, after fights between teenagers, McClatchy News reported.

A few days later, the park announced a new policy requiring visitors under 18 to be accompanied by an adult on Fridays and Saturdays.

Oaks Amusement Park, which opened in 1905, is one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the United States. The 44-acre park features 24 rides and other attractions.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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