No one could ever accuse Jasque Istel of thinking small! As a member of the Massachusetts Parachuting Commission he persuaded Rep. Silvio O. Conte (from Pittsfield, Mass) into arranging Federal loan guarantees for $1.6 million to build the Para-Bowl. The papers submitted to the Government costed the Bowl construction at $770.00 plus $903,280 for operating and "other" expenses.
The Bowl Plans showed seating for 50,000 skydiving
fans who were to be charged $3 each admission. When the loan was
paid off, the Bowl would become the property of the City of Orange
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