Bowcraft Amusement Park
Bowcraft Amusement Park or Bowcraft Playland is a small amusement park located on U.S. Route 22 West in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Catering to families, it contains 21 rides appropriate for both children and adults. Bowcraft Amusement Park is open weekends from May through October and daily June through Labor Day.
The park's history dates back to 1946, when an archery and skiing enthusiast named Ted Miller opened a small archery and ski equipment store, complete with a small ski slope on-site, and named it Bowcraft Park.
In the 1980s, the park included a miniature golf course, which was eventually removed to make room for an overall expansion of both the park itself and the parking area.
The park offers a choice between purchasing tickets for individual rides, or an all-inclusive "Fun-Pass" which gives the ticket holder unlimited riding.
In 2016, a developer purchased the property with plans to demolish the park and build 190 apartments and 10 townhomes. The town of Scotch Plains scheduled a hearing to discuss the application for the planned property development on September 26, 2016. The park owners issued a statement saying that despite the planned development, closure was not imminent, and the park would open for the 2017 season in April as always.
- The conclusion of the 1991 film Mortal Thoughts was filmed there, and the park is featured on the film's poster.
- The opening scene from the 1994 movie North was filmed at Bowcraft.
- "Bowcraft Amusement Park to become apartments and townhouses". 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- "Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Monday, Sept. 26 Meeting". 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
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