http://www.meadvilletribune.com/local/local_story_210235834.html *** Edited 7/29/2008 4:03:02 PM UTC by Ken Jones***
Lot of dough for a couple weeks of operation which would ultimately be a failure.
We went through the park a couple of weekends ago.
Place looked good for the most part.
This appears to be much different than the usual "loan the Trustees some operating cash" arrangement we've seen for the past few years.
The key for Conneaut Lake now is not to compete head-to-head with Waldameer or any other park but to focus on special events that can draw visitors in. There is also the nostalgia factor associated with a park on a small lake, a type of park once common but now rare. *** Edited 7/30/2008 11:30:45 AM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
Bingo nights, dining and dancing, things other places don't do - that's the only real hope for continued operations in the longer-term, IMO. Also have to agree with the sentiment that the money might be better spent gearing up for a Grand Reopening in '09.
What other small park has such a great mascot in Connie Otter (yes, I got my pic with Connie) combined with the older rides and the ultimate in park employees - the one and only "Grandma" (also got a hug and a pic with Grandma)?
I'd agree with that. CLP is not a viable amusement park business any more. People don't visit that area like they once did. It's not a regional getaway on the scale it used to be. The park cannot rely on those people to filll the park because they aren't coming. Give them a reason to come (like the suggestions others have made - concerts, lake events, bingo, etc) and then the park gets visited.
But that leads me to wonder why they need the rides at all. If people aren't coming for the rides and the only way to survive is to create other reasons for people to be there, why not get rid of the dead weight (the rides) and become something else entirely that is actually sustainable?
Thinking out loud. :)
^The rides give the kids something to do while the grandparents are watching Wayne Newton on the karaoke stage... ;)
just give us Cheap Trick, Quiet Riot, Loverboy and Reo Speedwagon!
I could see CLP complementing rather than competing with Waldameer, especially with there being no (sizable) park in NE Ohio anymore. Offer some different attractions as was suggested so the experience isn't the same. But I don't see a need to totally get rid of what's there now. I guess it's called finding your niche. Look how it works for Lakemont and DelGrosso's; Hershey and Dutch Wonderland (even before Hershey took it over).
What would work greatly for both parks is not to market themselves as individual sites, but as one attraction among several in a multi-day visit to the area. If there's a northwest PA tourist association, work with them. Better yet, have them work for you.
1. NOW is the PERFECT time to get things rolling. It will help get the word out to aid the 2009 efforts. It should be known that there was a pretty solid showing for last year's Labor Day Weekend and Pumpkin Fest WITHOUT the park. This area has and has had many challenges with negative publicity, fire, closed business and major highway construction. The more positive efforts, the better.
2. I join those who suggest that this park needs more (i.e.- festivals, concerts, water activities, etc.) in order to survive. To market CLP as an amusement park is useless. Focus on the "resort" and surrounding amenities.
3. Don't be surprised to see the ride offerings scaled down. I foresee the elimination of the carny and spinner rides. The carousel, train, kiddies, dark ride, Bug, Scooters and coaster will probably remain. I am not so sure of the others. (TRIVIA: Did you know the Round Up was purchased from Old Indiana, who purchased it from Santa Cruz Boardwalk? It was even in the movie "Lost Boys".) Anyway, any "ride" addition I foresee would be in the water park.
I am happy to see something positive happening. It's just odd that it seems the deal is the one that should have happened in April/May '07. Best wishes to them!
Ken *** Edited 8/1/2008 4:17:41 PM UTC by CastleKing***
Flyingscooter, I would drive up to Erie to see that if it was one big show!
Don't forget to throw Poison into the mix. ;)
*** Edited 8/2/2008 3:12:23 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
Conneaut should probably skip having Great White play there though. One fire is enough...
I have been to Waldameer 4 times this year and will be there at the Mid-Summer Scream Event on August 16th. I enjoy the entire day on each visit!
Conneaut Lake is also an all-day park!
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