The Assiniboine Park Conservancy apologized this morning to the owner of the miniature steam train ride in the park over a gate closure and told him a sign is going up today directing vistors to his ride.

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Tim Buzunis

RUTH BONNEVILLE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Tim Buzunis

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy apologized this morning to the owner of the miniature steam train ride in the park over a gate closure and told him a sign is going up today directing vistors to his ride.

The Conservatory hadn't told Tim Buzunis of the April 4  gate closure that had directed traffic away from his miniature steam train ride. As a result of the closure, Buzunis said he’s experienced a 50 per cent drop in business.

Buzunis had said on Thursday he'd  be forced to move the train out of town if business didn't turn around.

When the park announced on April 4 that they would be closing the park’s east gate, the long-time park tenant was never informed. Buzunis owns and operates the train ride in the park, a business that was originally brought to the park in 1964 by Buzunis’s father. Buzunis took over in 1988.

"The best I can say is that was an oversight on our part. He of course should have been told. We apologize to him for that," said Kevin Hunter, director of marketing and communications of the Conservancy.

Since published reports in the Free Press about the issue, Hunter says that he has met with Buzunis, and that new signage will be introduced this afternoon that will direct customers to the train.

"We want to help his business, absolutely. We certainly don’t want to see the steam train disappear," said Hunter.

katherine.dow@freepress.mb.ca