BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Family Fun Park is set to hold its Grand Opening this week. Owner Rick Bagwell has come back home after years living away and is bringing excitement with him. The Family Fun Park Grand Opening is this Friday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Bagwell and his crew have built a drift-worthy go-cart track on the south side of Mena at 2300 Highway 71 South, just past Heather’s Food Bargains, and have more plans in the works.
A kiddie go-cart track for children ages 5-10 is next on the list and over the next five years, Bagwell plans to add an arcade, laser tag, mini golf course, bumper boats, and more on the six-acre property.
Bagwell is excited to bring something to the youth of the county. He said, “I’m just paying it forward. I’m a single parent and there’s nothing here for my son that I feel is safe enough for him. I want parents to know that there is somewhere they can drop their kids off at and know there is no drugs or alcohol. If I can help just one kid, then every penny will have been worth it. This is my legacy and it will be here far after I’m gone.”
The Mena Family Fun Park will be open Mondays thru Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., and Sundays, after church.