Americana decision due in two weeks

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2001 7:25 AM | Contributed by Jacob

Americana's owner, Jerry Couch, has said that a decision on whether or not to open the park in 2002 will come within the next to weeks. Couch states that the park is "ready to go," and just needs the right company to run operations. He says he will not close a deal that would lower his standards.

Read more from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Thursday, November 29, 2001 7:40 AM
I spent half my childhood at this park with thousands of fond memories. Screechin Eagle is a fantastic woodie that everyone should get another chance to ride. Here's hoping Mr. Couch seals the deal to re-open next year!
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 7:53 AM
How do camper sales compliment an amusement park as Mr. Couch states? I dont see the connection unless their is a campground near the park.
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"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:18 AM
I hope the park get's a second chance. I once got 10 rides in a row with the chain speeded up in the back seat.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:28 AM
I'm heading out that direction next summer for CP...PLEASE open up Americana...it would make another nice stop on my trip which already has TOO MANY stops ! :)  I hear the coaster they've got is awesome.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:35 AM
Keeping fingers crossed.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 9:33 AM
My dad grew up going to "Le Sourdesville," as he calls it, and thus so did I.  Americana has a special place in my heart.  The Eagle was my first adult coaster.  Mr. Couch, if you are reading this, please reopen this piece of history.
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You can't spell "dishonorable" without "honorable."
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 9:36 AM
I know a park up the road a ways that has gotten involved in management contracts before...
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 9:52 AM
Hopefully Mr. Couch will read this and realize how much that park is missed. I never heard of Americana until now and that was a mistake. A true family park in Ohio. I really want to go. Does anyone know his email/home address so we could tell him how many memories are still there?
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CP! Still the coaster capital of the world in 2002!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
WoodenCoaster.com
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 10:05 AM
Chitown, a larger Ohio park seemd to do great with a campground ;)
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CP! Still the coaster capital of the world in 2002!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
WoodenCoaster.com
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 10:44 AM
I think that Mr. Couch wants to open the park and I appreciate the fact that he wants to make sure that whoever takes over parks operations does a good job.  

If Couch opened the park with a company at the reigns that were terrible at running a park then this board would be full of people complaining about it.  I think Couch just wants to make sure he's going to work with a company that will put his name in a good light. 

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Just wait till next year!

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Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:14 AM
bigkirby's right. PKI does do a great business with their campgrounds and have it rented out almost all the time even before and after the season.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:48 AM
I hope everything works out so this park opens (I know, I know, is there anyone on this board who thinks otherwise?  :) )  Screechin' Eagle is supposedly an airtime machine (it has a reputation for being the best "stand up" coaster in all of Ohio), and I really want to be able to say I've ridden it.  Don't let me down Jerry!
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"It looks like they just decided to hang up wheat all over the park" - my friend Steve, describing the FearFest decorating at Kings Island.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:52 AM
You guys missed my point. According to what I read, Mr. Couch sells campers. It didnt say anything about a campground by the park. That was my point. Is there a campground by Americana? If so, than yes, it makes sense to sell the campers.
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"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 12:06 PM
The park is a ghost town!! Demolish it. How in the hell, can this park compete with PKI.  People, it's time to face the facts that small family owed baby parks can't contend when the big corporate giants.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 12:18 PM
They said he will/is devolping land around the park.

Demolish it? Are you on crack? This park had attendence of over 300,000 people/year before it was closed. Thus, it made a profit, and since it cost over $4mill, I doubt he will tear it down. Small parks can't compete?

Holiday World

Indiana Beach

Coney Island Ohio

Astroland

Silverwood

Miracle Strip (BIG competition!)

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CP! Still the coaster capital of the world in 2002!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
WoodenCoaster.com

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Thursday, November 29, 2001 1:04 PM
Cvp2000, I love small parks. I love them just because they are beautifull and unique. I love a park just for being a park even if the rides arn't great. Many small parks have done great this year. The ones in Indiana did anyway and I don't see any end in sight to their future prosperity. I have been looking forward to the reopening of Americana for a long time. I can't wait for the decision and I truly hope that it opens. A small park competes very well, they can offer so much that a huge park cannot give you.
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Mike Middleton of Urbana, Indiana
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 2:13 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO dont tear it down, that would SUCK BIG! dont demolish it! we need the Eagle!
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Thursday, November 29, 2001 2:18 PM
My .02 cents:

If Americana opens in 2002 I feel it is our DUTY to visit at least once AND make sure we tell guest servives how much we appreciate it being open.  Its not that far from Holiday World to Americana and with SRM such a popular event it should be easy for many of us who go to SRM to make it to the park either before or after visiting Holiday World.

Your mileage may vary.

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Thursday, November 29, 2001 2:29 PM
MooreOn: Eagle IS the best stand-up in Ohio! There are several reasons why it's my #5 woodie! One thing's for sure, I'm there for re-opening day! I think everyone should make an effort to be there when it re-opens to show the park how special it is.
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