Bananas Fun Park celebrates 10 years in Grand Junction
WHAT: Bananas Fun Park 10th birthday celebration
WHEN: Month of May
WHERE: 2469 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction
COST: $10 unlimited laser tag, bumper boats, miniature golf, inflatables
INFO: Visit http://www.bananasfunpark.com or call 970-241-7529
Life can be a little hectic, so it’s fun to be a kid again. At Bananas Fun Park — located at 2469 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction — it’s been a goal to help anyone enjoy an afternoon racing go carts or playing a round of miniature golf.
Bananas is celebrating its 10th birthday this month, inviting kids of all ages to visit their expanding business.
Thursday, May 1, kicked off Bananas’ weekday specials — unlimited laser tag, bumper boats, miniature golf and inflatable play costs only $10 Monday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. An extra $5 will accommodate unlimited access to their go carts.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
In 1997, Chris and Heather Burns owned another Grand Junction business — Bump-n-Jump, an inflatable rental company. After attending industry trade shows, they realized Grand Junction needed a family entertainment center of its own.
“We were turned down by seven banks,” Burns said, noting that it took almost four years of planning to get Bananas off the ground. “We could have given up but we finally got the financing. Ten years later we made it and (we’re) thriving.”
Bananas finally opened in May 2004 with miniature golf, go carts, bumper boats, an arcade, plus an outdoor bump and jump area.
In 2006, the Burns added laser tag, and in 2008 they installed a rookie go cart track. A 10,000-square-foot pavilion for special events opened in 2009. Then in 2011, a major upgrade to the laser tag area occurred, including a multi-level arena.
Burns continues to look at his vision for the next 10 years, and there’s plan for yet another expansion in 2015.
“We’re serious in what we do and happy to provide fun for all ages,” Burns said.
Although the bottom dropped out of Mesa County’s economy in 2008, Bananas became a “recession-proof” business for the Burns.
Those affected by the recession began to stay closer to home, he said. Residents found Bananas a good way to spend their time, plus visitors from Moab, Telluride, and Eagle continued to come.
Burns takes pride in his park and does any work he can himself, even planting the flowers for the summer season.
Bananas — a first-time job for more than 800 high school and college students over the last decade — is also a top employer.
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