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Great Escape will not take over Hoffman's Playland


NEWTOWNVILLE, N.Y. – Despite efforts by Albany County officials, Great Escape will not be taking over Hoffman's Playland.

Earlier this week David Hoffman, the owner of Hoffman's Playland, met with Albany leaders and Great Escape officials to talk about the possibility of the Lake George amusement park taking over the Latham playland. 

In June, rumors circulated that the family run park would be closing down when the owner's plan to retire.  The community took to Facebook in hopes of saving the family-friendly summer staple with an online movement .

The Great Escape announced on Thursday that they will not purchase the playland. 

"We recognize the historical significance of Hoffman's Playland to families in the Capital Region; however, we are not pursuing the purchase and/or operation of this property," they said in a statement.

Now the Hoffmans are still looking for the right buyers to potentially take over their business.

"It's a very unique business and it's very dear to the community. We realize to develop the future of this park is going to take some time," said owner David Hoffman.

He says he and his wife will continue to stay open for business for now, but the future of Hoffman's Playland is up in the air.

"We just don't want to turn the lights out here and walk away," he said.

The Hoffman's ideally would like for a buyer to take over the business and keep running the landmark as is, which is why they say they want  to put some thought into it before selling their property to just anyone.

"It's a wonderful business. The community thinks highly of us," he said.

As Hoffman's fate still lingers on, visitors say it would be devastating to see such a landmark to be no more.

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