What I want to know is if anyone tried to rebuild the wildcat and if any park tried to relocate the jackrabbit. Too bad both were torn down. A sin that I will never be able to forgive the city of Youngstown for.
Well, all I can say is that I can't believe that there was a Ed Vettel and Herbert Paul Schmeck coaster 10 mins. from my house and I was never able to ride either.
So, if anyone can share their thoughts about the park, I would appreciate it.
Idora Park: The Last Ride of Summer Rick Shale; Charles Jacques Jr.
The best bet for info online for the former Idora Park, which I frequented more growing up than any other park even now, would be http://www.idorapark.org
I live in the same region as you (one city north of Y-town) and I wish there was something to replace Idora, instead of the Boardman (waste my time) shopping district, and the hoards of independent batting cage & putt-putt courses, and the like around here. I honestly think we could have a new amusement park, on the scale of DelGrosso's or Waldameer, but just not in Youngstown city...more of a chance of success in Vienna or Jackson Milton, where the farmland is no more and there is alot of opportunity.
If you want to see what Idora could have become, and to get you a taste of what it was like, I suggest you visit Waldameer in Erie, PA, where we were a few weekends ago.
Don't let Jeff bother you...we all know he drives his 2005 Chevy Cobalt, regularly changes his GE lightbulbs, recently had new replacement windows installed from 2 different international window manufacturers, buys only Handel's Ice Cream, only buys Schwebel's bread, sneaks into the ToysRus warehouse to see what's new, has been seen buying DiRusso sausages to go with his Gia Russa pasta sauce, and his favorite pizza is 'Brier Hill'...all this, buy visiting our area :) hehe *** Edited 6/25/2005 4:58:52 AM UTC by midwave***
I remember reading on message boards at www.idorapark.org that a businessman was going to build a "retro" version of Idora, with exact replicas of the Wildcat (no matter how hard you try, noone can ever recreate a ride like that) and Jack Rabbit. Then there would be a 2nd "world" of the park that would be all new rides. The park was going to be called 2 Worlds Park, one of the worlds would be a replica of Idora, the other a new park. But the plans never really got off the ground, and it probably will never happen :(.
Being the Schmeck fan that I am (Thanks Phoenix, Comet!), it's kind of upsetting that the Wildcat is no longer here. I would have paid any money to get one lap on it.
Is that supposed to hurt my feelings or something? Please. I think most people would prefer a suburb of subdivisions and over-zealous lawn trimmers with ascending property values to a burned out city with abandoned industry and amusement parks. Youngstown is a dump.
I like Youngstown. It's a hell of a lot better than some of the generic little commuter towns in northeast OH. Brunswick for example.
Or is it just an empty lot?
I took a trip down to see Lesourdesville Lake, and it was devastating, but also very neat to see. I would really like to see Idora, but if there is nothing left I don't know if its worth the drive.
And there are a lot of people who detest the suburban lifestyle and see real value in revitalizing places with real history and real community. Should we keep on abandoning older places, build new and then abandon them when they get old?
I like visiting Youngstown because of my interest in old industrial sites, interesting old brick buildings etc. The only problem is driving through those traffic-clogged strip mall ghettos like Boardman.
Oh, and Mill Creek Park is a wonderful place, even without the Wildcat looming in the distance.
If you like old run down stuff, that's your preference. I'm the first person that would choose a converted warehouse or loft for office space if the price and neighborhood was right. Our opinions don't make Youngstown any less of a dump.
On a side note, not to defend Jeff or anything, but Youngstown is a hole.
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