Purchase business owners say they can safely reopen despite state classification as 'amusement park'

Owners of an outdoor aerial park in Purchase say the state has wrongly classified their business, stopping them from being able to reopen.

News 12 Staff

Jun 6, 2020, 2:40 AM

Updated 1,449 days ago

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Owners of an outdoor aerial park in Purchase say the state has wrongly classified their business, stopping them from being able to reopen.

Lorrie And Brian Funtleyder say their business, Aerial Park Boundless Adventures, should be allowed to start up as the area is in phase four of economic reopening.

However, the Funtleyders say the state has them wrongly classified as an amusement park.
"We're nothing like an amusement park. We're no different than going on a hike in nature…a controlled hike where we control the spacing of every single person," says Brian Funtleyder.

The state has allowed socially distant outdoor recreational activities to reopen. The businesses owners say they would like to be classified as a safe outdoor recreational activity too.
"Golf, tennis, marinas, boating...because they're bigger industries and have advocacy. We have to advocate for ourselves,” says Brian Funtleyder.

If they were to reopen, they say they'd allow up to 50 people on the grounds, which means only 7 people per acre.

“All of our staff are wearing appropriate PPE and we're having our guests arrive in masks as well. One person on a platform and one person on an element so that way it's impossible for you to be closer than 10 or 15 feet,” says Lorrie Funtleyder.
The owners say they have garnered the support of State Sen. Shelley Mayer and State Assemblyman Steve Otis. They have also received a letter of support from Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
"This is my family's net worth unfortunately going down the drain if we close," says Brian Funtleyder.


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