The Swedish operator Parks & Resorts Scandinavia (PRS) has acquired the Furuvik animal park in the city of Gävle.
“We are extremely proud to be the new owners of Furuvik,” says PRS CEO, Jan Roy. “It supplements the range of zoos and amusement parks that we run at present and is a well tended, popular attraction that we are convinced has the potential for further development.”
Founded in 1900 by Oscar Jakobsson as an American-style leisure park, Furuvik was bought by Gösta Nygren in 1930, whose family operated it for many years before transferring ownership to municipality of Gävle in 1983. The Furuvik Management co-operative society acquired the park in 2004, and is now selling it to PRS. The two parties have agreed not to go public on the purchase price.
Parks & Resorts Scandinavia’s existing interests include Gröna Lund and Aquaria in Stockholm, Skara Sommarland, Kolmården and a share in the travelling ABBA World exhibition.
Read an interview with PRS founder Matthias Banker here.