PBS NewsHour features segment on Enchanted Forest

Taped arrows direct traffic at Enchanted Forest on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Regular readers of Salem Reporter already know about how Enchanted Forest, an amusement park south of Salem, nearly went bust but will reopen for another season after an outpouring of donations.  

Now, the rest of the country does as well. At least those, watching the PBS NewsHour Monday evening. The national news program featured a segment on the Enchanted Forest, including interviews with members of the Tofte family who’ve owned the storied park since 1971. 

The segment covered the park’s founding by Roger Tofte as well as the heartaches of 2020. Last year, the park nearly went out of business because of the pandemic, and the Tofte’s saw the tragic loss of family members during the historic wildfires. While the park plans to reopen after raising over $400,000 from nearly 8,000 donors, the news segment also looked at the challenges it still faces. 

-Jake Thomas