Bob Freed, former president and general manager of Lagoon, has been inducted posthumously into the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Hall ofFame for his contributions to the growth and development of the amusement park industry.
Freed's son, John, accepted the award.Freed was among the first six inductees, who include Walt Disney and the developer of the roller coaster.
Freed began his professional career with Lagoon in 1946. At that time, Lagoon was a small family park with eight rides and limited attractions.
As a result of Freed's direction, Lagoon has become a large, successful park, evidenced by the nearly 1 million people who visited the attraction this year, said Boyd Jensen, executive vice president of Lagoon.
Freed also is credited for his contributions to IAAPA. He served as the organization's president in 1963.
Clark Robinson, Freed's brother-in-law, is the current general manager.