Going once…going twice…. SOLD TO THE OWNERS OF TRADERS VILLAGE! 

That’s right, a borderland favorite has been sold after over 60 years of being a locally owned business.

It was announced last week that Western Playland was sold to a Texas Family owned business, Traders Village.

“Since 1960, my family has made Western Playland a family tradition of bringing fun and smiles to El Pasoans of all ages,” said retiring owner Patrick Thomson to local news outlet KVIA. “I’m honored to have Traders Village continue the Western Playland tradition of serving family fun to the El Paso area.”

Traders Village is family-owned business based in Grand Prairie, Texas. They also have an amusement park of their own, Prairie Playland.

The business hopes to revitalize Western Playland to make it more of a destination spot for people who drive through the area.

So we'll have what we call a flagship rollercoaster or ride," said Lee Ann Murray of Traders Village.

The company hopes to bring new rides, more food and drink options, concerts and a landscaping makeover that will include murals.

This revitalization will hopefully bring more jobs to Sunland Park as well and it is a way to support local small businesses around the amusement park.

Western Playland is to reopen February 2023 for the new season with new management.

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