Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Update: Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle Complex in Saugus Closing for Good September 25; Dinosaur to Stay

[Ed note: This article was updated on September 15 to reflect new information given.]

The end is drawing near for a Saugus landmark.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Route 1 Miniature Golf--which includes the Dairy Castle ice cream stand. batting cages, and an arcade--has set a closing date of Sunday, September 25, with owner Diana Fay saying that she is working with developers to try to keep the iconic orange dinosaur on the premises. Last month we reported that the town planning board approved of plans to build Essex Landing at the site, with the development slated to include apartments, two hotels, and three restaurants.

Last year, it was announced that Route 1 Miniature Golf was being sold and it would be shutting down at the end of the 2015 season, but it was given a reprieve because the sale hadn't been finalized at the time.

The Route 1 Miniature Golf complex first opened in 1958.

[September 15 update: According to a post from, the iconic orange dinosaur will be staying put, as Michael Barsamian--who is a partner in the project--has purchased it and is planning to have it set up next to one of the new hotels; he also says that a pitch and putt net will be added in the space as well.]

[Earlier Articles]
Essex Landing Development Receives Approval to Replace Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle in Saugus
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Reopen for One More Season
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Be Sold; Hotel/Apartment Complex to Move In

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