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Sandy Lake Amusement Park is family owned and operated. As a rule, when you get exceptional service from a business, the owner is right there on the job. Proprietors Vickie and Frank Rush and Suzy and Tom Self combine a lifetime of service and dedication to the amusement business. 

The Rush family established Craterville Park in 1923 near Lawton, Oklahoma. The current owners represent the third generation of “hands on” managers. Since purchasing Sandy Lake in 1971, the park and the family have been recognized nationally as operating one of the finest “traditional” American parks.

“Our children and grandchildren represent the fourth and fifth generations that are involved in the family business,” say the park owners, “and we want park guests to enjoy a fun, safe and affordable experience, just like the rest of our family would expect”.

The park is designed with a variety of entertainment while providing a place to get together for fellowship, not lost in a crowd. The Sandy Lake Park family offers just the right combination of location, professional services, and great food to make your group outing something truly special.

We have a long standing tradition of staying involved within our community. Events are planned with regular frequency to get folks out and having fun. Please accept our invitation to be a part of one of our Upcoming Events.    

After 48 successful years, the owners of SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK have sold the property.

Sandy Lake Amusement Park has been a special place for families to visit for almost five decades. While the history of the landmark swimming pool dates back to the 1930’s, popularity of the park really blossomed in 1971 when the amusement rides, picnic grounds, and other attractions were added. The school music festival FunFest was the largest and longest running privately owned school music competition in the nation. The park also hosted events like Santa Fe Days in the Park, DubSplash, thousands of company picnics, reunions, birthday parties, and more. Widely known for Bar-B-Que catering many groups planned their annual events based on the food service provided by the park. Over the years the variety of attractions and extensive picnic grounds became more and more popular as the city grew up around the serenity of the park.

Thousands of teenagers had their first job at the park. Adults and retirees have supported their families while filling a variety of park positions. Many former employees are and will always be dear friends of the owners and coworkers. The Rush and Self families would like to thank all of the former employees for their loyal work, time, and friendship!  It has been a joy working together and bringing happiness to the community.

The owners truly appreciate the millions of patrons, thousands of organized groups and special events we’ve hosted at the park. If the park’s legacy is leaving most people with golden memories or pleasant thoughts then the park has done its job.


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