Americana may not reopen

Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2001 3:33 AM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley

It appears that Americana Amusement Park, located just south of Middletown, Ohio, may not reopen. Local media have reported that the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the state agency that regulates amusement ride operators in Ohio, has not received any permit applications from Americana Amusement Park for the 2001 summer season. This adds to the speculation that Jerry Couch, the current owner of the park, may never re-open the historic park. Jerry Couch says a public announcement will be forthcoming as to the staus of the park.

Jerry Couch, a local businessman, purchased Americana in Jamuary of 2001 from the Coney Island group that permanently closed the park in 2000.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2001 4:30 AM
john peck's avatar Come on Jerry! What are you doing, man? Wheres Jeff Stoneking (another potential buyer) when we need him!
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 9:07 AM
Well, at least Jerry made an effort, which is more than I can say about many people. Too bad things didn't work out, although perhaps his announcement will let us know what went wrong, and if there is any hope.
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 11:59 AM
I just heard on the news a few minutes ago that he is not planning on re-opening it THIS YEAR. That doesn't mean it won't re-open ever again. It is still up in the air concerning next year.
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 12:07 PM
I have never heard of americana until now. What a mistake not to! It is so hard to find a park like that that is not like money hungry Six Flags. I hope it reopens. I will definetly visit.

Thursday, March 1, 2001 1:02 AM
john peck's avatar Well, the park is going to be SBNO for two straight years, so there is going to be some weathering unless he keeps the park up.
The Eagle should still be okay now, but he may need to get in there and check out the drives and running gear.

Rumor had it he was going to remove the Serpent Roller Coaster due to its maintainence, as well as the kiddie wheel (which is sitting out near the road sign) and he was going to leave the Calypso as a museum piece.
*** This post was edited by john peck on 3/1/2001. ***

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