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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Man dreams of reopening closed amusement park to revive fond childhood memories. Go FundMe account at $800 on way to $350 million needed to rebuild   ( cleveland.com) divider line
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2018-03-02 09:58:35 PM  
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2018-03-02 10:04:40 PM  
Eh. I'd rather remember it as it was.

Ruins of Geauga Lake.

A short history of the theme park.
 
2018-03-02 10:44:01 PM  
In college, some friends and I roped off a weekend to go to SeaWorld Ohio from Pittsburgh. Before we looked up hotels officially, we wanted to get directions to the park itself to see where to search. We couldn't seem to find them or a website on SW Ohio. It took us about an hour for it to dawn on us that the particular park was closed.

Ran into the same thing later when moving to Ohio and finding out Geuga Lake was closed too. I'm not good at keeping up on Ohio theme park news.
 
2018-03-02 11:43:07 PM  

MikeyFuccon: Eh. I'd rather remember it as it was.

Ruins of Geauga Lake.

A short history of the theme park.


That was a very interesting read. Thanks for posting it.
 
2018-03-03 12:46:10 AM  
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2018-03-03 01:37:13 AM  
I don't think his parachute ride goes all the way to the top
 
2018-03-03 01:57:16 AM  
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2018-03-03 01:57:54 AM  
I'd like to know what he thinks has changed that would allow this failed amusement park to succeed if revived. Has Ohio experienced a population explosion or large upswing in tourism?
 
2018-03-03 02:08:08 AM  

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Really, I was waiting for I Have an Eric Cartman Gif for That to weigh in.
 
2018-03-03 02:43:57 AM  

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That is an interesting set of facial expressions for somebody on a merry-go-round.

Out of curiosity, are there any Bo Burnham GIFs with SANDWORMS, for the "news dump" thread when Mueller's investigation finally breaches the shield wall?

I'm asking for a friend...
 
2018-03-03 07:40:21 AM  
Gotta love a good hopeless cause.
 
2018-03-03 07:54:54 AM  
Revive the original Action Park and then come talk to me.*

* once you've been released from the hospital, obviously
 
2018-03-03 08:10:47 AM  
Camden Park?
 
2018-03-03 08:19:59 AM  
...I have some wonderful, wonderful memories of Geauga Lake, but the fact is that the money he's trying to raise would probably be insufficient to even clear and prep the land for anything else.  It ain't coming back - a new park on the same scale as just Geauga Lake alone (never mind the old Sea World side) would probably go a half billion; I suspect that the $350M figure is a bit low.  And Cedar Point is not going to let it come back in any form that would make any money - I have never known anyone back home in OH who believes CP ever had ANY plan to do anything other than shut Geauga Lake down.

Let it go, man.  Let it go.
 
2018-03-03 09:08:44 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Revive the original Action Park and then come talk to me.*

* once you've been released from the hospital, obviously


Oh, it's been reopened to some extent already: https://en.wikipedia.org/wik​i/Action_P​ark?wprov=sfti1

/Linking to Wiki because that entry reads like a dark comedy
 
2018-03-03 09:13:58 AM  

MikeyFuccon: Eh. I'd rather remember it as it was.

Ruins of Geauga Lake.

A short history of the theme park.


Was kinda annoyed that the "Then and Now" pics in TFA had about 3 "now" pics, so thanks for those.

Also, the story was a really great read. Sounds like Six Flags and Cedar Fair royally farked up, with the latter getting bitten by the recession at a bad time as well. I vaguely remember my local park getting a ride that had been imported from a closed park, and now I know its story. Also, there probably weren't more "now" pics in TFA because the place had mostly been stripped bare.
 
2018-03-03 09:16:43 AM  
It won't end well...

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2018-03-03 09:18:31 AM  

Fireproof: ArcadianRefugee: Revive the original Action Park and then come talk to me.*

* once you've been released from the hospital, obviously

Oh, it's been reopened to some extent already: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki​/Action_Park?wprov=sfti1

/Linking to Wiki because that entry reads like a dark comedy


Oh, I know. I especially love this part:
The park entertained over one million visitors per year, with as many as 12,000 coming on some of the busiest weekends. Park officials said this made the injury and death rate statistically insignificant. Nevertheless, the director of the emergency room at a nearby hospital said they treated from five to ten victims of park accidents on some of the busiest days, and the park eventually bought the township of Vernon extra ambulances to keep up with the volume.
 
2018-03-03 11:01:16 AM  

MikeyFuccon: Eh. I'd rather remember it as it was.

Ruins of Geauga Lake.

A short history of the theme park.


I worked the graveyard shift last night and I spent most of it reading links on that site. Good reads, and I got paid!
 
2018-03-03 11:36:02 AM  
I can't prove it, but I have no doubt this is some sort of scam.  I spent my formative years at that park (I lived about 2 miles away), and as much as I have a nostalgia for it, its gone, and it isn't coming back.

in other words:


AtlanticCoast63: ...I have some wonderful, wonderful memories of Geauga Lake, but the fact is that the money he's trying to raise would probably be insufficient to even clear and prep the land for anything else.  It ain't coming back - a new park on the same scale as just Geauga Lake alone (never mind the old Sea World side) would probably go a half billion; I suspect that the $350M figure is a bit low.  And Cedar Point is not going to let it come back in any form that would make any money - I have never known anyone back home in OH who believes CP ever had ANY plan to do anything other than shut Geauga Lake down.

Let it go, man.  Let it go.


This.
 
2018-03-03 11:58:47 AM  

Fireproof: ArcadianRefugee: Revive the original Action Park and then come talk to me.*

* once you've been released from the hospital, obviously

Oh, it's been reopened to some extent already: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki​/Action_Park?wprov=sfti1

/Linking to Wiki because that entry reads like a dark comedy


Theres a funny video on youtube where they interviewed one of the original owners and showed footage of the old attractions.
 
2018-03-03 12:06:31 PM  
In case fundraising doesn't work out, Roote is speaking with donors to determine a charity where the money could go. He said they'll announce the choice next week.

43 people are about to discover that they're the newest batch of NRA donors...
 
2018-03-03 01:06:06 PM  

Atomic Jonb: I can't prove it, but I have no doubt this is some sort of scam.  I spent my formative years at that park (I lived about 2 miles away), and as much as I have a nostalgia for it, its gone, and it isn't coming back.

in other words:


AtlanticCoast63: ...I have some wonderful, wonderful memories of Geauga Lake, but the fact is that the money he's trying to raise would probably be insufficient to even clear and prep the land for anything else.  It ain't coming back - a new park on the same scale as just Geauga Lake alone (never mind the old Sea World side) would probably go a half billion; I suspect that the $350M figure is a bit low.  And Cedar Point is not going to let it come back in any form that would make any money - I have never known anyone back home in OH who believes CP ever had ANY plan to do anything other than shut Geauga Lake down.

Let it go, man.  Let it go.

This.


Atomic,

I grew up Cleveland/Lorain, but since you were a lot closer to the park, let me ask you this - what do you think of putting up a 'family park' on the site - landscaped, picnic grounds and pavilions, a few concession stands selling 'park food' and ice cream, and maybe a half dozen rides or so - a traditional wooden coaster, a boat ride on the lake, a carousel, and maybe 3-4 more 'traditional' amusement park rides.  Nothing outrageous, just someplace where you can take your kids for maybe $10-15, spend an afternoon, and have a good time.  You'd still have the nostalgia factor, your kids can run loose for a few hours and the experience wouldn't be so big as to be overwhelming.
 
2018-03-03 04:20:02 PM  
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2018-03-03 09:56:06 PM  

Marksrevenge: I'd like to know what he thinks has changed that would allow this failed amusement park to succeed if revived. Has Ohio experienced a population explosion or large upswing in tourism?


The thing that killed  Geauga Lake wasn't low attendance.  Is 6 flags bought them along with a number of other properties ran them for a few years and then closed them down in order to funnel more ticket proceeds to their bigger parks. This was the amusement park version of vulture capitalism.

 I have some of the most fond memories of that park as anybody who has been there, but even I know when it's time to just let it go.
 
2018-03-03 10:13:36 PM  

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Ah, Traction Park.
 
2018-03-03 10:44:24 PM  
Now, if they could bring back Dogpatch USA, they'd... well, they'd still lose money.

Yes, it was a real park, and yes, our family went there once when I was a kid. Beautiful area, though.
 
2018-03-04 05:49:11 AM  
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