It’s been an annual institution since the 1980s and it’s back on the schedule for the first time since 2019 after a Covid-hit absence. Park Avenue Open Day will be open once again with Electrocoin and UDC, the last remaining companies in Park Avenue, and all the other participants getting ready for what could be the biggest turn out at the networking event for over a decade.
Returning on Wednesday 8 June at the famed Park Avenue estate in west London, circa 30 companies have already signed up to participate in the event. And according to Electrocoin’s John A Stergides, there are more ready to confirm their attendance.
“There’s been a very stong response to Park Avenue Open Day this year,” he told Coinslot this week. “It’s been a while since the open day was last held and the industry is eager to get back together and talk about new products and innovations before the summer season really kicks in.”
And that seems to be the case, particularly this year with the industry looking at its first real run at a full season since 2019. “Covid interruptions have really hit the industry hard. There’s some excellent products out there, but for three years there’s been very little opportunity to show it,” Stergides explained. “Park Avenue has always been an informal event but important due to its timing – and that’s really true this year. This summer is so crucial for the future of our industry – we have another year to prove how important amusements are to the staycation trend and the role our innovative companies can play in the development of the seaside economy.”
That said, there’s much on offer for all sectors with high street operations well represented at Park Avenue this year too. Stergides again: “There is a real sense of optimism about the quality of products and people want to talk about moving forward, so Park Avenue’s Open Day return has come at a good time.”
The event will follow all the old traditions dating back to the first Park Avenue in 1987: Electrocoin’s famous Greek Barbecue and UDC’s afternoon cream tea are both on the menu. And there will be a charitable boost once again with the participating companies providing donations to Bacta’s Charitable Trust.