PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Enchanted Forest told KOIN 6 News on Tuesday that it will not be opened on Saturday, as was previously announced on its website.
The park, just south of Salem, was open briefly last year from June to October but was closed for most of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After stating it would finally reopen this weekend, the theme park had to make the difficult decision to walk that announcement back. The reason cited was “recent comments and threats” from the community.
A spokesperson sent KOIN 6 News the following statement:
“We have been hard at work preparing the park to reopen. We had hoped to do so this weekend with safety protocols consistent with the most up-to-date guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the Governor, and the state epidemiologist. Unfortunately, recent comments and threats have made clear that our community is not in agreement as to how we will interact in public places with regard to mask requirements for those who are vaccinated versus those who are not vaccinated.
“We recognize this is an important issue and look forward to specific guidance from our State officials as to our responsibility as a business that invites the public to be our guests. However, until we are confident we can do so safely, we will not be able to reopen. Our commitment to being a place where families can spend time together free of unnecessary hate and conflict simply outweighs our strong desire to reopen our business.“
According to the Statesman Journal, the Enchanted Forest was originally slated to open again on March 19 after a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $450,000 to keep the park alive, but these opening plans were delayed after the park was heavily damaged during February’s ice storm.
Visit the park’s website to reserve tickets.