Thunder Island amusement park put up for sale months after co-owner died in tractor crash

Fulton, NY – The Thunder Island amusement park in Fulton is up for sale months after the co-owner died last summer.

In August 2021, 50-year-old Ron Falise was working on the property when he was injured in a tractor accident. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Oswego Hospital.

Falise took ownership of Thunder Island with his wife Lisa in 2018. It was previously owned by Harry and Tammie Perau, who opened the park in 1979, according to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard archives.

After the accident, the park closed indefinitely, according to its Facebook page.

Months after the crash, the park was put up for sale, said Paul Mackey, a real estate agent handling the sale. The property went on the market in early November, he said.

The park spans more than 113 acres, according to the listing. It boasts of eight water slides, five swimming pools, 3 go-kart layouts, a zip line, a mini-golf course and a banquet hall.

Lisa Falise is ready to sell the property due to operational issues, Mackey said.

The park, at 21 Wilcox Rd, is currently listed for $2.75 million, according to the online listing.

According to the theme park’s website, the current owner hopes to have a new owner by spring of this year.

They’ve received many calls about when the park will open, Mackey said.

“Thank you all for your continued support and interest in our community treasure Thunder Island,” staff wrote on the park’s website.

Mackey said the park will not reopen until a new owner takes over. They hope to complete a sale in April, he said.

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Harold B. McConnell