Imagine...no more miniature golf, no more go kart rides, no lazer tag games, no winning prizes on Skee Ball, no practice time in the batting cages, no spraying your friends with water on the bumper boats! For Santa Clarita area residents and surrounding neighbors, this may happen to the place we call fun…Mountasia Family Fun Center!
Since opening in 1995, Mountasia Family Fun Center has provided hours of entertainment to families, schools, non-profits, churches, temples, day camps and businesses; fundraised for local schools and non-profits; was inspired by Michael Hoefflin to provide fun for kids (our Go Kart track is proudly named in his honor and memory); and has employed almost 10,000 area residents.
Like so many other small businesses, Mountasia was forced to close its doors on March 16th. With the increasing number of covid-19 cases in LA County, Mountasia is unlikely to be given the green light to reopen anytime soon. If forced to stay closed much longer, the fate of this community landmark is bleak. The closure of Mountasia will be a blight to the beautiful City of Santa Clarita and will force locals to venture far away for out-of-home entertainment and recreation.
The situation goes much past the loss of revenue extending to the fun centers’ 40+ laid off/furloughed employees who could be permanently out of their jobs. Worse, the opportunity for future first-time employees to gain vital experience will be lost forever and all future generations may never enjoy working at a fun place.
“The most difficult part in all of this is letting down our team. The management and maintenance staff have been employed for so long that they are like family. To watch them struggle with the unknown of a future position and know they are worried they cannot provide for their families is heartbreaking. This could be the end of an era and they/we truly deserve the chance to get back to work.”, said Mike Henn, General Manager.
Mountasia is anxious to reopen and has already prepared with social distancing floor markers, plexiglass for staff-to-guest partitions, hand sanitizers, and cleaning solutions for the venue. They were told they would be able to open the outdoor attractions (Miniature Golf, Go Karts, and Batting Cages) last month only to have that decision reversed the morning of their reopening. It seems unfair that golf courses and other outdoor venues can open and Mountasia is lumped into the large group venues like amusement parks and indoor venues like movie theaters. Per the Santa Clarita Health Officer, Mountasia is not allowed to reopen their restaurant for “to-go” operations while that opportunity was given to all other restaurants early on in the pandemic.
Mountasia took advantage of the first 3month closure by completing projects and sprucing up some of the indoor and outdoor attraction spaces. They are excited to show off these new features this summer, their busiest time of the year. Unfortunately, it seems this may have been done in vain. With the continued closure, the time has come that they must ask for help to survive.
All donations that are raised with this GoFundMe, will allow Mountasia the chance to hold on longer and operate once it is cleared by the County. Funds raised will be spent on rehiring the Mountasia team, streamlining online booking procedures and maintaining the property. “No donated funds will be allocated to rent or partner salaries including mine.”, said Michael Fleming, the Managing Partner.
“It’s sad, I never expected this,” Fleming said. “We have been part of this community for so long and we are grateful for the support we have been given as a small business. Our only hope now is to stay afloat and be able to celebrate many birthdays, anniversaries, and family moments in the future. All we want is to continue to provide family fun to our amazing guests.”
Please help us #savemountasia
We appreciate #SmallBusinessRelief and look forward to opening soon.
Ways you can help:
Donate big or small – everything counts!
Spread the world – share this GoFundMe page with your family, friends, and business associates!
Demand fun be allowed to continue – Contact our Government Officials to share your support for opening family entertainment venues in the Santa Clarita Valley where cases are still down compared to other areas within Los Angeles.
County of Los Angeles Public Health 661-287-7000
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 661-287-3657
SCV Mayor Cameron Smyth 661-255-4395
On behalf of the Mountasia Family Fun Center Team, THANK YOU in advance for any help you can provide.
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