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A $1.5 million family entertainment center featuring batting cages, a go-cart track and miniature golf course opens Saturday on Grand Island.

The Island Fun Center, located at 2660 Grand Island Blvd., is the brainchild of developer Robert Weaver, who got the idea for the venture after seeing similar operations elsewhere across the country.

The complex charges no entrance fee; visitors are allowed to walk around and survey the activities. The cost of hard and softball batting cages is $1, with the quarter-mile go-cart track and 18-hole miniature golf course each costing $4 per person.

"We've themed the golf course around the local area," Weaver said. "There's a Grand Island cutting the Niagara River in two, along with an American and Horseshoe Falls and the Buffalo lighthouse."

Also on the four-acre site is a 40-machine video arcade and a snack bar. About 20 full- and part-time workers are employed at the fun center.

Weaver hopes to keep the entertainment complex open year-round.

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