Centennial’s Lollipop Park auctioning Ferris wheel, miniature train as COVID-19 forces closure

COVID-19 and associated public health restrictions have overwhelmed another Denver-area business and now a 26-foot-tall, Italian-made Ferris wheel is headed to the auction block.

Lollipop Park, a children’s amusement park inside South Suburban Parks and Recreation district’s Family Sports Center in Centennial is closing after nine years, its owners announced Monday.

Lollipop, which focused on kids 10 and under, has been shut down since coronavirus started spreading in Colorado in March. Nathan Elinoff, who co-owns the amusement park with his wife Louise, said ongoing business restrictions related to the virus made reopening impossible.

“We have a pretty small footprint, which means we have to be packed to make money. It doesn’t make sense to operate even at 75% capacity,” Elinoff said in a statement. “We get emails every day from people who are just heartbroken about what has happened.”

The Elinoffs have owned and operated children’s amusement centers in Colorado and elsewhere going back decades. Previous attractions include Funtastic Nathan’s, inside the now long-gone Cinderella City Mall, and Funtastic Fun, which operated on South Broadway in Englewood until 2010, according to the Lollipop Park website.

The park was enjoying record sales before the pandemic, according to its owners. The Elinoffs hope to open an outdoor park with bigger rides when COVID-19 allows. The company website already teases a 2021 opening date.

In the meantime, the Elinoffs are holding an on-site auction at Lollipop Park, 6901 S. Peoria St., on Oct. 21 to sell the smaller attractions. No minimum prices have been set. All items will be sold to the highest bidder, according to Monday’s new release. Cash, certified checks or cashier’s checks are required with the full amount due that day.

Among the items up for auction:

  • 26-foot-tall Italian-made balloon Ferris wheel
  • miniature train
  • mini teacup ride
  • carousel
  • antique funhouse mirrors

“These are wonderful rides and they are in very good condition since they’ve been kept indoors,” Nathan Elinoff said in a statement.

A pre-auction inspection begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 with the opening gavel coming down at 10:30 a.m. More information is available at spiethandsatow.com or lollipoppark.com.

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