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Never Never Land figures set for auction

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« on: November 13, 2021, 06:32:02 »

Never Never Land figures set for auction

The majority of the Never Never Land statue collection was in storage in the basement of the Point Defiance Pagoda when an arsonist set it ablaze on April 15, 2011. After unsuccessful pursuits to find a public space to house the handful of remaining pieces, the Board of Park Commissioners voted in June to deaccession the remaining items. A list of all items going to auction are included in this release.To get more news about kopf Minifigures, you can visit minifigureonline.com official website.

Never Never Land was the brainchild of Canadian native Alfred “Al” Pettersen, who debuted the attraction on July 4, 1964, at Point Defiance on leased land, after first opening Wooded Wonderland at Beaver Lake Park in Victoria, B.C., two years earlier.

The attraction saw big success in its early years with more than 90,000 visitors in the first year alone. But, after a little over 20 years of operation, it no longer drew crowds and Never Never Land Inc. sold the 29-scene attraction to Metro Parks. The park district attempted to continue operating the attraction, but was unable to revive it as the number of visitors continued to dwindle. Coupled with increasing vandalism and the decay of structures made of stucco that had surpassed their useful life in the damp forest, Metro Parks made the difficult decision to close the attraction in the early 2000s as building materials decomposed. Due to an infestation of black mold, Metro Parks removed the final two structures in October 2010 for the safety of both the public and park staff.

Each year Metro Parks crews would place the characters on display for the summer and then pack them away as the season came to an end, placing them in storage in the basement of the Pagoda. They were packed away for the final time in 2001 when vandalism became overwhelming within the 10-acre area that the attraction’s scenes occupied.We understand the community’s nostalgic feelings for Never Never Land,” Metro Parks spokesperson Nancy Johnson shared as she reflected on the role the attraction played for kids and families in bygone years. “I and many Metro Parks staff visited Never Never Land or brought our kids when it was operating, so we can relate to the fond memories that many Tacomans share from the early years when the private concession was in its heyday. We also recognize that it’s difficult for some who were a part of that era to understand how societal changes over the past half-century impact the ability to sustain something like Never Never Land today.”

While its not possible to recreate those moments, Metro Parks hopes the auction will provide opportunities for those with strong sentimental feelings to acquire some of the available pieces as mementos from those happy times.

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