Then in 2014, local developer Bill Johnson and his wife Michelle announced plans to renovate and reopen the park. Over a roughly 30-month period, they’ve been working to restore the property’s 18 original buildings; additionally, they've planted 6,000 indigenous trees as part of a reforestation project, added an ice skating pond, and built features that include a new storyline. The Santa’s Village components of the park will open first; in 2017, the rest of the park will also open, featuring biking and hiking trails, ziplining, fishing, and camping, and even a pedal-powered ride that uses the original monorail track.
“The park is a wonder of natural beauty that you will not find anywhere else in the world,” explains Johnson. “Our guests can expect to see fun attractions for all ages, recreation, great food, and learn about our ecology. Our goal is to provide a new experience that will inspire families to get out and explore together.”
If all goes according to plan, SkyPark at Santa’s Village aims to open by Thanksgiving, but here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store: