Chippewa Lake question

Tuesday, May 15, 2001 5:15 PM
Does anyone know who owns this poor park? And what is the condition of all the rides inside?

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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 7:12 PM
The best info you'll find is at www.defunctparks.com. I live a few miles from the park, and from the outside, I can't say it looks good.

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Jeff
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 5:10 AM
Doesn't look so good from the inside either. Most of the buildings are already collapsed or on the verge of collapsing. There are a few rides in the park but they seem far from salvageable. The wooden coaster seems pretty much intact though grown over with weeds. It is heartbreaking seeing a park like this. Sort of reminds me of my childhood when I lived near the decaying Betrand Island park.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 5:21 AM
The coaster is still physically intact for the most part as well as the station, however, there are trees fallen on some of the tracks and the wood is soft like a dead tree. There are also trees growing through the ride.

The ferris wheel is all rust.
The bug is all rust and the cars are rotting.
The ballroom is still standing but has been vandalized.
the Swingin' Gyms are all rusty

The concret is overgrown but the pier is still in really good shape.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 11:36 AM
Jeff, didn't you say that it is worse than the pics from DP?
Anyone know of another site?
john, the pier is still standing? cool!

Thanks guys!
Edit: so does anyone know who owns it? Or how I can find out?
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http://www.woodencoaster.com *** This post was edited by bigkirby on 5/16/2001. ***
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 12:01 PM
You know, I used to work across the street from the Medina County Court House, and I never looked it up.

Legend has it that it's owned by some elderly man or woman locally. The Medina County Park District wanted to buy it, but the levy that would have made it possible didn't pass. Their intention was to level everything.

As far as I'm concerned, the whole place is a loss, save for the ballroom. I think that could be saved, but the coaster might as well be gone.

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Jeff
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 1:38 PM
So would I be able to find the owners by searching in the courthouse? I'm streching it a bit but do you (or anyone else) happen to know that address?

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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 3:20 PM
The city is missing a really good opportunity to level it and turn it into more of a state park.

There are some structures which are still quite in tact, but the coaster is well beyond repair. The ride looked like it had wood footers. and is within 5 years of toppleing over. Mark my words.
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Thursday, May 17, 2001 5:15 AM
There is no city there... I believe it's one of those odd villages that we have in Ohio. If I remember correctly, they don't have much authority to tax for anything beyond police and fire (I could be wrong). The county park district would be the best bet, but I'd like to see them save the ballroom. The neighboring City of Medina has been proactive in preserving historical buildings in cooperation with some of the locals. The old fire station on the square is a good example.

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Jeff
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Thursday, May 17, 2001 6:37 AM
I'm going their this summer, just to look around and take pictures. I can't wait. Here is a site with more pictures:
http://www.geocities.com/theremaing2/chippewa.html
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Thursday, May 17, 2001 1:53 PM
See my new Trip report!!!!!
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Thursday, May 17, 2001 3:54 PM
John, do you know the address of the park?

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