Let's help bring Bell's back!!

We're building a basic park with a group of adult rides, kiddie rides, miniature golf, games, and concessions!
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Robby Bell
Small Business
Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
5 Team Members

Bell's Amusement Park.

56 years of Tulsa memories.

Zingo. Himalaya. Skyride. Phantasmagoria.

Season passes. Friends. Family. You.

2007: The demise of the beloved park. 

2013: A new beginning. 

What happened?

As our 56th season in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the most successful season in Bell’s history drew to a close, we were informed by the county they had no plans to renew our lease.  This came as a shock to the Bell family, employees and thousands of our loyal customers.  We were preparing to expand the park, adding a second roller coaster and other improvements to our location near 21st and Harvard here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Bell’s was a well established landmark and a strong source of revenue for the county.  


One Tulsan described the removal of Bell's as, "Tearing a hole in Tulsa's heart."


After 7 years, WE ARE BACK!

After holding on to as many rides as possible in storage and retaining the excitement of sharing the magic of the park with the future, we've begun to rebuild. 

We currently have a small kiddie park just like the humble beginnings in the 1950's. We are inspired to build the park again just like it was built before!

Bob Bell Sr. envisioned a kiddie park with adult rides to follow over fifty years ago and Robby Bell (third generation) is using that SAME VISION to bring the fun back to Tulsa.


Why Rebuild?

The people of Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma want the park back!  We have the experience, the rides and the enthusiasm to not only bring Bell’s back but make it better and bigger than ever! 

Where is the new location?

5802 West 51st Street.  

Please come see us and bring the kids! Currently the park is open Saturdays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  As the park expands, so will the hours!

We know it's a little different than the old location, but the new spot has many perks that we promise you'll love. You can be at Bell's in only 10 minutes from midtown or downtown Tulsa and it's incredibly easily accessible from Highway 44 just across the Arkansas River. The east AND west sides of the river have seen tremendous growth, from our neighbors at Tulsa Hills shopping area to the upcoming "A Gathering Place" to be built at 31st & Riverside by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

We're RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the action and have just enough room and freedom to build a park!

What We Need & What You Get

We need the capital to fund bringing back enough equipment to have an amusement park for the northeastern Oklahoma community.  

$60,000 will provide us what we need to bring these rides back up:

  1. Tilt-A-Whirl
  2. Spider
  3. Scrambler
  4. Super Round Up
  5. Merry Go Round
  6. Hampton Cars
  7. Hampton Cycles
  8. Mini Enterprise
  9. Critter Track
  10. Lady Bugs
  11. Tsunami Slide
  12. 18-hole miniature golf
  13. Concessions
  14. Skee-ball and redemption

Plus:

  • Signage
  • Tile work (the red and white tiles as before)
  • Landscaping
  • Labor

This may seem like a lot for such a small amount, but remember, we already own all of this equipment.

Once we have the funds from this campaign - the above list will be implemented within 2 months!

 

What You Get When You Contribute

We have identified some great perks that include:

  • $1 - ride tickets,
  • apparel (t-shirts, hats, hoodies),
  • Bell's memorabilia,
  • birthday parties,
  • plaques with you name on rides,

If we don't reach our goal, don't worry.  Anything we can raise will just speed up the process.  

We have (currently) 24,000+ 'likes' on Facebook.  If everyone gave $3 we would surpass our goal. Can you imagine what we could do if everyone gave $50? $100? $500?


What’s the Plan?

We are planning a full comeback in several phases. THIS CAMPAIGN IS PHASE ONE.

Currently we have several kiddie rides and building some of the adult favorites plus miniature golf, games and concessions!

But we are not stopping there! Once those are established we will continue with the classic rides everyone loves:

Our famous Zingo roller coaster

The Phantasmagoria (Dark Ride)

The Himalaya (DO YOU WANNA GO FASTER??!?!?!?)

And more!

Why can’t we just rebuild everything now?

Our sudden and devastating departure forced us to abandon millions of dollars worth of infrastructure. What we have now is an "amusement park in a box", the rides, signage and atmosphere but the infrastructure must be re-built from scratch.

Following the original vision from the 1950’s we also have a major advantage: rides.  All the favorite rides that people of all ages loved are still in our possession and the faster we raise the money to build them, the sooner they’ll return.


Crowdfunding - a new phenomenon.

Have you ever heard of crowdfunding? Instead of getting one private investor to give a lump sum, a "crowd" gives smaller amounts that all add up.

The primary reason this works perfectly for Bell's is that it keeps the Bell family in charge - which keeps the park feeling like the home-grown, creative, magical place you knew and loved.

This campaign is your opportunity to be part of the crowd that funds Bell's.

 

Tulsa NEEDS Bell's! Do you agree?  

Tulsa needs a good place for families and dates to come and have fun. Bell's has had a positive impact on thousands. The people of Oklahoma continually share many memories - from first dates, first jobs, first kisses, even meeting their spouses there.

There are many wonderful stories to discover - and many new memories to make.

This may be why our Facebook went viral, growing from 3,900 likes to 22,000 in a single weekend.  Our park has touched the lives of countless people over the years, and we want to bring NEW memories to the people in our area.

If you BELIEVE IN BELL'S,
CONTRIBUTE NOW!

Bell's needs YOU. Yes, YOU!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Pick a perk on the right. Donate now. Make your contribution to Bell's PHASE ONE REBUILD EFFORT.

You can help
by getting the word out in social media and just spreading the word.  Please 'Like' us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, contribute if you can. Any amount helps.

You'll be glad you donated when you see your beloved park rise again.


WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE RIBBON CUTTING, TULSA!


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$19,029USD
raised by 280 people in 1 month
32% funded
No time left
$60,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on October 7, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Ride Ticket

    Every dollar gets you 1 ride ticket for any of our rides. The price for rides could fluctuate over the years, but THESE ride tickets will ALWAYS be good for one ride, no matter how much they cost in the future. It will help us, but it is also a great investment!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $3USD
    3 Ride Tickets!

    Every dollar you donate is one ride ticket. If all of our Facebook friends (you!) bought this $3 perk, we'd be funded! Easy as a cup of coffee!

    16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10USD
    Rides + Letter of Thanks

    As above, every $1 gets a ride ticket, but for $10, Robby will send you a letter of thanks for your contribution.

    88 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $30USD
    Bell's Bumper Sticker

    Bell's bumper sticker that celebrates your contribution to our effort in rebuilding!! + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    T-Shirt

    Show off your contribution with this limited availability Tee that sports the new logo, and the message "Because of me ... Bell's is BACK!!" + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $60USD
    Baseball Style Bell's Cap

    Be sure to take this cap off when you ride the Tilt-A-Whirl!! This cap will help keep the sun out of your eyes when you are on our 18 hole miniature golf course! + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    Combo: Shirt+Hat

    Get both for $10 off

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $120USD
    Bell's Hoodie

    Swag level: ***Bell's*** :) We're open all year now, so it will help you warm on those cold Oklahoma winter days. + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $120USD
    Bell's Brick (Sm)

    Small paper weight brick made from one of our tiles from the old location, finished with felt on the bottom with logo. Great as a desk paper weight. + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $150USD
    Bell's Brick (Lg)

    Larger version of the Bell's Brick (sm), but with a stand. + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $200USD
    Combo: Shirt+Hat+Hoodie

    Get all three for $200!!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    Zingo Mantel Piece

    An authentic piece of Zingo Lumber and bolts finished and arranged on a mantel piece to show your commitment to Bringing Bell's Back! + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $300USD
    Birthday Party!

    Standard birthday party package for 10 kids; rides, drinks, and snacks! + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $400USD
    Morey's Piers Wristbands

    The generous folks at International Rides Management have offered a pair of Wristbands for Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks located in Wildwood, New Jersey to anyone who donates $400 or more. That's a $110 value plus the rides tickets for Bell's that come along with it!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Bell's Bag

    Bell's bag with soda and pop corn cup and bucket, 4 T-Shirts, 1 Hoodie, and 1 Hat + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Dinner with the crew!

    Rob and the gang will take you and 2 others to dinner for Q&A, fun, and drinks!

    0 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $1,000USD
    Zingo Logo

    Framed, stainless steel Zingo logo just like the ones that were on the previous Zingo trains

    4 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Ride Plaque

    Your name or business name on a plaque displayed on one of our rides showing how you were part of the team that helped bring Bell's back. + Ride tickets + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    1 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Life Pass

    Ribbon Cutting Perk + Rides for life for you or as a gift!! + Thank you card + Mentioned on Website

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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