AMESBURY — Amesbury Sports Park is under new ownership.
The management team bought the South Hunt Road park from founder Ted Dipple, who started the park with former Boston Bruins defenseman Brad Park in 1993.
The business and the property were sold on Friday. The sale was announced on Sunday. The new owners, known as Event Partners LLC, wouldn't disclose the purchase price. They will retain the Amesbury Sports Park name.
"We've been wanting to purchase it for quite some time," said Meredith Robinson, director of sales at the park. "It's really grown, developed and changed over the past five years as MaryCarol Fowler led the management team."
Fowler and Robinson are the new owners with Kevin Jacques and Candace MacLean.
"I'm pleased to hand over the baton to four people who I consider to be the best equipped to make the Amesbury Sports Park even more successful in the coming years," Dipple said in a release. "They have worked hard to get the business to this point, and they fully deserve the opportunity to carry it forward successfully and make it better than ever."
Amesbury Sports Park was originally built as a snow-tubing park, but it was expanded over the years to offer activities and events year-round. The park currently operates a restaurant and function facilities and provides field rentals for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, field hockey and more. Tosh Farrell Soccer Development Camp is held on the site.
In recent years, the park has hosted some new events, including the annual Brew Fest, Spartan Race and Pumpkin Chucking Festival. The new owners say more events are planned for this year, including concerts and a new 5K "zombie-infested" obstacle race called Run For Your Lives.
Fowler has been at the sports park for five years and brought in the rest of the team, Robinson said.
"We are all dedicated and devoted to this place," Robinson said. "It has great potential."
Robinson said Dipple's decision to sell came down to finding the right time.
"(Dipple) loves this park; this has been his baby for quite some time. He wanted to make sure he wasn't just selling it to Walmart or whatever, he wanted to make sure he had a team in place and continue taking it in a positive direction," Robinson said.
Three weeks ago, hints of a sale at the park began when the owners appeared at the Amesbury Municipal Council meeting for a new common victualler license for the Corner Kick Pub at the sports park.
Robinson said the sale won't mean any changes to birthday parties or functions reserved at the park.