The Old Game Farm in the News

By Barry Wygel, Time Warner Cable

Published Thursday 4:28pm EDT April 21, 2016

"Most of us have images like these, and home videos like these, and many more memories of summers, at the Catskill Game Farm, Now, it's being given a new life."

If you are also feeling up for an adventure, the Ballones offer self-guided tours of the property.  All they ask is that you call ahead.



Breathing new life into the former Catskill Game Farm

By Puala Ann Mitchell, Daily Freeman

Published 5:11pm EST June 24, 2015

CATSKILL >> A mellow wind sweeps through a chain-link cage, rocking the unoccupied tire swing inside.

With a little imagination, it’s easy to envision the monkeys of yesteryear dangling from it and doing tricks for the swarms of families gathered outside on a summer weekend in the 1960s.



Couple looks to reopen former Catskill Game Farm as RV park and campground with a petting zoo

By Paula Ann Mitchell, Daily Freeman

Published 2:39pm EST June 6, 2015

CATSKILL >> It’s certainly not a case of Ben and Cathy Ballone locking the barn door after the horse is gone.

Just the opposite could be said.

The Ballones think the time is right to go full throttle with their plans to revive the grounds of the once-famous Catskill Game Farm, which has been shuttered for nearly a decade.



Couple see future in game farm revival

Return of family fun is goal for owners of Catskill property

By Tim Blydenburgh

 Published 7:19 pm EST, Saturday, April 19, 2014

Heartache greeted the decision, almost eight years ago, to close the Catskill Game Farm, a one-of-a-kind landmark for travelers and local animal lovers since the 1930s.

Husband and wife Cathy and Ben Ballone want to bring back at least some of that nostalgia, one step at a time.



Could the Game Farm get a new lease on life?

By Claude Haton Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

Published 1:45am ETS June 8, 2013

CATSKILL — With its gates shuttered for nearly seven years, the former Catskill Game Farm property in Kiskatom is in the process of being reborn.

The new owners are looking at a broad plan including establishing an RV park, a petting zoo, and a museum honoring it’s history and 73 year run under its ownership with founder Roland Lindemann and his family.

But the former zoological park’s future is still uncertain. The rebirth is proving to be a slow process for Ben and Cathy Ballone, a young couple who purchased a portion of the original 900-plus acres from the Lindemann family nearly a year and a half ago. They have completed a feasibility study and are now seeking a financial partner to help their vision come to fruition.