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May 22, 2013

Victorian Park to close after 22 years

Victorian park to close after season


Belair said more than 175 young people worked at the park over the years, including all 10 of his grandchildren. The Belairs attended many of their employees’ weddings.

“The great relationships that we built with the young people who worked for us was the best part of our years at Victorian Park,” he said.

A reunion of past employees and their families is planned at the park June 29, he said.

More than 50 former employees from across the country plan to attend with their families, Belair said.

“Some of those kids are approximately 40 years old now,” he said.

The end of an era for Victorian Park marks the beginning of a new era for Bien Soigne, which owner Kay Sharron plans to open on the four-acre North Broadway site in October.

“It’s been an institution in this area for years,” Sharron said of the park. “I’m a big miniature golf fan, so I will be sad to see it go, but at least we will be benefiting.”

Sharron said she’s been looking for additional space, including more parking, for years while remaining close to her customer base. Her current location is a mile and a half away, she said.

A unique feature at her spa will be a Himalayan salt cave — a room lined with ancient, imported blocks of salt. Spending time in a salt cave is therapeutic, especially for those suffering from respiratory illnesses, Sharron said.

The Planning Board granted approval for the 6,000-square-foot location in March, town planner Ross Moldoff said. He said Victorian Park has been a good neighbor in town for years, recalling when he used to bring his own children to the park.

“It’s really been an institution in the community,” Moldoff said. “It’s a great family entertainment facility. We were lucky to have it in the community.”

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