Are there other parks that should be designated as National Historic Landmarks? Two possibilities that come to mine for me are Denver's Lakeside Park and Disneyland.
Lakeside has such historic features as the Tower of Jewels, the Art Deco Buildings, the numerous neon sighn and displays, the vintage Cyclone wooden coaster, the Wild Chipmunk, the 100 year old train ride around the lake, an antique carousel, and a number of vintage flat rides.
Disneyland, although far from being a traditional park, is clearly historic in nature because it was the first of the modern theme parks that revolutioned the amusement industry. There are a number of historic attractions here including Main Street USA, the Sleeping Beauty Castle, the older Fantasyland rides, the River of America and its rides, and the Adventureland Jungle Cruise.
Maybe Conneaut Lake might qualify -- if they could get up and running again.
Here is a brief story on this ride.
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Another would be Lakemont park, Altoona Pa , 1894. Leap-the-Dips, 1902. *** Edited 8/4/2008 1:14:36 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
This park has been around for years, and it's kiddie coaster is recognized by ACE.
SAVE MEMPHIS KIDDIE PARK:
Memphis Kiddie Park is currently undergoing paperwork to become a historical landmark. Why you ask?
American Greetings Headquarters is located on the other side of the street from them. American Greetings wants the land Memphis sits on so Greetings can expand their warehouse.
I just took my 1 & 3 year old daughters up their last week. It was their first coaster. As was mine, as was my fathers. For 3 generations now it was all our first coaster we rode. It was a great moment that they loved and squealed with HUGE grins on their face, and I would hate for them not to be able to take her kids up there.
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I don't see why they'd sell now, or even why AG would want that property, on the other side of the tracks.
I've been a part of 3 things that were suppose to be torn down, but they became a part of Ohio's Historical landmarks...all of which saved them from beeing torn down. Two churches,and one old one room school house.
In reality now even the city can pretty much come in almost anywhere it wants and take down anything and say it's for the better of the city. (again, I'm leaving out all the legality and what not, but it's summarized.)
The problem with Memphis is that Memphis doesn't want to sell it to Greetings. Greetings wants it, and is starting to get hostile.
Now from Memphis point of view (and the publics)...it's bad enough Greetings who creates nice and warm fluffy feelings cards wants to take away a tradition for Cleveland families for a warehouse...then if they become a historical landmark, it just gives them that much more...Greetings is the "bad guy" leverage. Which from talking to the locals in area seems to be working.
Heck, just even taking my daughters to the zoo, I heard two moms talking about just that reason listed above.
I'm no expert, but just from what I've seen and heard, and experienced.
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Other parks I'd add to MY list: SCBB, Disneyland, Lakeside, Lake Compounce...and any other parks that have survived for over a century (that should make the CP fans smile).
Ensign Smith said:
The term I believe you're searching for is 'land of charm'.
AKA "Some rides in the woods." ;)
Which means nothing. It's private property and two businesses can carry out whatever transaction they want.
No one says it protects the park. BUT it does give it a TON of extra "Ooomph" or public support if you will.
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