Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Nut Tree Markets Park Memberships

Nut Tree Markets Park Memberships
By Amanda Janis/Business Editor

Family fun and collectible Nut Tree memorabilia are for sale today in the form of exclusive charter memberships for the Nut Tree Family Park.
The 3.7-acre amusement park will open in September, and feature family-oriented rides including "I-80 Traffic Jammers" bumper cars and the "Harvest Express" roller coaster, while incorporating Nut Tree icons like the original Engine No. 5 train, hobby horses and honey cookies.

Additionally, the Nut Tree founder's original 1907 home will sit at the park's center, functioning as a museum of Nut Tree and California history.

The Family Park's limited-edition memberships will be the only means of purchasing a season pass for the park's rides; after the initial sale, passes will only become available for purchase should a charter member opt not to renew membership the following year.

"We want it to be really exclusive," said Ilana Minkoff, the park's marketing director.

In addition to a season pass, charter members receive a commemorative tin with Nut Tree logo items unavailable for purchase elsewhere, including a pin, watch, and cookie cutter.

"The kit itself is a collector's item," Minkoff said. "It's a special way to be a part of the park."

Members will also enjoy free ice cream from the adjacent Fenton's Creamery once a month for a year, as well as invitations to members-only events, early park admission and discounts on birthday parties held at the park.

An individual membership costs $200, while a family membership with four season passes costs $300. For families larger than four, additional passes can be purchased for $50 each, Minkoff noted.

It's really a bargain, she said, when you calculate what a family would otherwise spend - prices have yet to be set but a day's-worth of unlimited rides will likely cost between $16.95 and $19.95.

Currently, memberships can be purchased by calling 1-888-448-6411. Starting next week, memberships will be available online at, and from Aug. 30 they will be available at all Nugget Market grocery stores.

Amanda Janis can be reached at

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