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City buys Gilroy Gardens theme park for $13.2 million

Los Angeles Times

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March 05, 2008

The city known as the Garlic Capital of the World has purchased Gilroy Gardens for $13.2 million.

The city of Gilroy will lease the land, rides and attractions back to a governing board that runs the 536-acre horticultural theme park, according to the Gilroy Dispatch newspaper. (Hat tip to Screamscape.)

The quirky little park, which opens for the season March 21, features a forest of “circus trees,” a monorail garden tour and walk-through waterfalls. Rides include swan-shaped paddleboats, the Garlic Twirl teacup ride and the Quicksilver Express roller coaster. Last year, the park added a walk-around garlic character named Gil.

Cedar Fair, which operates Gilroy Gardens and will continue to manage the park, owns more than a dozen amusement and water parks in North America, including Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park and California’s Great America in Santa Clara.

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