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Reader: If People Actually Went to Heritage Square, It Wouldn't Be Closing

Much of Heritage Square, the faux Western town/amusement park in Golden, will soon be history. The Alpine Slide came to the end of the line earlier this month, and this weekend will be the last time you can visit the central village and Miner's Maze Adventureland. The music hall went silent years ago; the chapel has hosted its last wedding ceremony. And the spooky Spider Mansion never opened for the season because of a water main leak; the haunted house will open next year "in a new location," according to Heritage Square's website. In fact, only a small section of the park is set to reopen next year: The amusement-park section, with its go-karts and mini-golf, and the Garden Grille are operated independently and have an extended lease. On the rest of the land, the city’s zoning rules allow for “planned unit development,” likely in the form of office or commercial construction, according to Golden staff. The news of the closing inspired many comments from readers, but as Jerri points out:
I love how everybody is crying about this place closing. However, if people actually went and it was frequented by actual paying customers, then it wouldn't be closing.
When did you last visit Heritage Square? Will you go there this weekend?
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