I also have a melancholic vein for defunct parks...
There are also these ones:
1) Spree Park outside of Berlin:
2) The "classic" from Japan:
3) And in Pripyat/Chernobyl, it looks like the trees are taking over at this point:
http://www.opuszczone.com/galerie/uk_prypec/showpic.php?f=07_prypec_wesole%2F001_lud .jpg&lang=en *** Edited 3/25/2008 3:20:51 PM UTC by superman***
Its sad to see these old parks.
FYI this park is right off the exit of I-80 if anyone is cruising by.
It amazes me that so much of the park is still visible almost 20 years after it closed. I guess there's been no interest in redeveloping the site all these years? Weird how the footers were pulled from the ground and left on site. I wonder why someone went to the trouble of doing that?
NEPA LOST PARKS page on Angela, includes more links.
MCSWEENEY's has an interview with a Scrambler operator at Angela.
I have about 15 more in the 8mp scanned size i can post later
*** Edited 3/26/2008 3:57:58 PM UTC by PcMan***
What is sad is that with the current economy and price of gas these smaller parks would be cashing in if they were still around. People from NEPA are going to be less likely to drive 2 hours to Great Adventure, pay $15 in tolls each way, $30 - 50 in gas, $15 or more to park... and that doesn't even cover admission, food, and all the other in park stuff.
I, as many other enthsiasts, have long dreamed about what I could do with my Powerball jackpot winnings.
I wonder whether there still might be a niche for small parks like this, given all the other choices people have for entertainment. Considering we had three parks in PA alone close within the past 2 or 3 years. Is it lack of interest from the public of poor management by their owners?
"There is a strategy of acquiring 10 to 12 parks in the next three to four years," said Dorman. The idea is to acquire "smaller parks with large potential located in major metropolitan markets."
"Adrenaline Family Entertainment is working to build a diversified portfolio of theme and water park operations through acquisition and selective development opportunities. Adrenaline is lead by CEO Hue Eichelberger, who is the former Executive Vice President of the Eastern Region for Six Flags, Inc., and CFO Russell Kuteman, also a former Six Flags executive."
*** Edited 3/26/2008 10:55:34 PM UTC by PcMan***
Small parks are great for company picnics (Clementon gets a lot of Hospitals, Casinos etc. )
I attend a few a year at Clementon
*** Edited 3/26/2008 10:58:40 PM UTC by PcMan***
I've been saying this for years about there being a niche for small, neighborhood parks in densely-populated urban and suburban areas. A small footprint could contain an amusement park with some flat rides built around a space-saving out-and-back coaster, an indoor arcade with restaurants and shopping to generate year-round revenue and maybe even some water attractions since they go over really well.
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