Any LeSourdsville Lake news?

Monday, March 20, 2006 8:27 PM
Has anyone heard any new news on the future of the park?

The last that I had heard was that someone from Nebraska was interested in the park.

Monday, March 20, 2006 8:59 PM
I remember hearing the same thing, but was also told Mr. Couch had said he wasn't interested in selling.

Driving by a few weeks ago it appears he has now taken half of the parking lot for his camper sales though, where it used to be a small plot off to the left of the parking lot.

I had asked a few weeks ago, and nothing new was mentioned then either.

Monday, March 20, 2006 9:36 PM
Oh, he's interested in selling, Leasing or whatever But for some reason he can't come to terms with anyone and it's said hes basically asking for what he paid for it plus what he lost and put into it.

6 Million will get you a amusment park.

Chuck, whos only news of LL is no news as of now but there are parties interested.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 1:33 PM
Its a shame to let the park just sit there and rott.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:26 PM
So what exactly is the life expectancy for a 67 year old wooden coaster that has been standing idol for nearly 4 years in the heat, snow, rain with probably no (or MINIMAL at best) maintenance?

*** Edited 3/21/2006 7:27:13 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:34 PM
^ SLFAKE.....considering what went down from the first extended idle period, and how it ROARED back to life....I'm not gambling on that question.

The thing I can NOT understand is this: How is letting the *investment* sit there idle, and depreciating, HOW is that going to be better for Mr. Couch than "getting what he can for it" right now?

Seems to me it's more like having a vintage car on blocks, NOT like having a bottle of fine wine aging in your cellar.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:38 PM
Mr Couch needs to crap or get off the pot.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:05 PM
It's been pointed out on numorous other threads that the amusment business is a slow growth one. One wonders if Mr. Couch had unrealistic expectations of his return on investment when he reopened the park.That coupled with an extremely poor choice for an operating partner may been the death knell for LL as an amusement park.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:25 PM
He probally only bought it because the guy on those investment dvd's he orderd through the mail said it was a good investment.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:31 PM

SLFAKE said:
So what exactly is the life expectancy for a 67 year old wooden coaster that has been standing idol for nearly 4 years in the heat, snow, rain with probably no (or MINIMAL at best) maintenance?

*** Edited 3/21/2006 7:27:13 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

The coaster is 79 years old :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 6:58 PM
I believe Mr. Couch really had great expectations for LL. I remember one of the main things he did for the season it was open was FREE admission for grandparents when they paid for the grandchildren. He really seemed to want to bring families/people together like amusement parks were known for in the past.

Chuck is the authority to me on LL, and maybe he can remember for sure, but didn't Couch want to also make a coaster walk of fame. I seem to remember him wanting to collect signs and other memorabilia from past coasters and make a site in the park for this walk. I also remember camping and fishing on property being mentioned.

To me, I really believe he got in over his head. Not realizing completely how big an undertaking LL would be for him. All I know is I want to see that park open again. I spent so much of my childhood there, and it sucks to see it rotting away.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:08 PM
Wasn't the Screechin' Eagle rebuilt in phases at one time prior to Coney Island taking over operations?

Couch should just take the best offer possible as he's not going to get all his money back. He should be glad someone has interest in the property instead of having it sit idle all this time.

X Factor

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:53 PM
The coaster was almost totally rebuilt between 1998-2000 and The first drop and second hill were rebuilt for opening in 2002.

Beleive me when I say that 2002 was the best this coaster ever ran.

Couch bought the property for two purposes, Camper Sales was one, Thats still going on, But no news on any pending operators or sales. Just that some have been and are interested.

Chuck, who honestly thinks that unless he gets his price, He's not willing to give up say so in it's operations or ownership.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:00 PM
The Eagle is truly a gem and it saddens me to see it there NOT being rode (by I would take it over any other Cinci wooden coaster ANY day. ;-)


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:04 PM
While Screechin Eagle kicks ass, don't underestimate the Strickers Tornado.

Best currently operating wood coaster in Southern Ohio.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:18 PM
^I never have. The Tornado is awesome! ;-)


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:54 PM
It really sucked on Sunday to be sitting along the road about 100' away from the Tornado...and not being able to ride it! It was pretty hilarious to hear my two year old shouting "Roller coaster...roller coaster!!".

I do remember '02 Chuck, and you are right, it was running great during that season.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:32 PM
Join us July 4th for some Tornado and Teddy Rides and of course, FLYERFEST!

Strickers Grove!


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