Conneaut hopes petting farm will boost attendance

Posted Friday, July 18, 2003 4:55 AM | Contributed by supermandl34

Conneaut Lake is planning to allow a contractor to operate a petting zoo at the park. It will cost $2 for guests, and 25 cents will go to the park.

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Friday, July 18, 2003 5:12 AM
Would this be located at that seemingly abandoned walkthrough area in the woods that you can see from the Blue Streak?

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Friday, July 18, 2003 5:18 AM
This situation seems as dire as it gets! A petting zoo? This may be a nice touch for the kids, but this will not increase attendance enough to stop the inevitable. I’m glad I got to ride the Blue Streak a few years back. This is a real shame. They’ve had to resort to a petting zoo in hopes of saving their season! I’m sorry to hear it!

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Friday, July 18, 2003 5:50 AM
Man, things don't sound good at all.

Someone said that CL was only open on weekends now (in another thread that was mentioned). If they would be open during the week, I would make a point to stop in during our Indiana-to-Connecticut vacation later this year... however, we will be passing by that area on a Wednesday... not on a weekend. Just glad we made it there last year.

You know... with the "ghost stories" that surround CL, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you would hear the ghostly strands of an unseen string quartet playing "Nearer My God to Thee" as you board the last train on the Blue Streak.

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Friday, July 18, 2003 7:22 AM
If people would look at the website, they'll see that they are on 5 day a week operation. They run on weekends until the 2nd or 3rd week of June. This isn't a dire attempt at something to bring in the people, it is something going back into the park that has been closed off for years now. I, for one, am happy that something like this is coming to the park. The kids need a bit more than those antique circular rides..

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Friday, July 18, 2003 11:09 AM
An outsourced petting zoo is actually a great move by the park. For starters, a quarter may not sound like much but it goes straight to the bottom line.

More importantly, whether it attracts more families to the park or it simply keeps families there longer with something extra to do, it's a major win for the park. That makes those guests more than likely to get thirsty or hungry while they're there and that's far more than a quarter to the park's bottom line.

A few more deals like this where certain operations are outsourced and the park won't be losing $100,000 a month.

Just my opinion, of course.

Friday, July 18, 2003 6:35 PM
I agree. I like the idea too. If more concessions could operate at the park, the park would make more money. Although $2.00 a person is a little pricy if you ask me.

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Friday, July 18, 2003 7:16 PM
Maybe *this* is what Six Flags needs. ;)

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Friday, July 18, 2003 8:19 PM
Not to be a pessimist but wasn't that already done with Fairyland Forest that use to be across the street back when I was a kid? what the park needs is exposure, most people don't even know its still there or even know it was ever there.

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Saturday, July 19, 2003 4:45 AM
I hope to visit this month. It would be a shame for the park to go under. I must agree that the park needs more exposure. I for one think that an extra two dollars to pet common barnyard animals is a little on the steep side for a park that is already located in a mostly rural area.

However at the same time I would not wan the place to close. Without knowing the park in depth, beyond the Blue Streak, just what is there to draw visitors???

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Saturday, July 19, 2003 5:40 PM
In addition to a classic ballroom and historic hotel, the most important of all is the lake.

Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes

Sunday, July 20, 2003 2:13 AM
Where can I start with the reasons:

-price ( a family of four can pretty much go there bring a picnic basket and spend around $50 give or take a few)

-The Blue Streak (tied for my #1 coaster, reason enough to go here, the most aggressive 78 foot coaster I've ever ridden)

-3 options, pay per ride, ride all day, or just watch (great when you have non riders in your family, instead of paying $30+ to watch they can do it for free)

-Carousel is a beautiful classic carousel.

-The Tumble Bug, although not in operation currently is the oldest of 3 (the other 2 are at Blackpool and Kennywood, two others at SBNO)

-The Ultimate Trip, I have never seen an indoor scrambler before.

-the Devils Den, how many dark rides like this are around today.

-They have a decent assortment of flat rides, alot of parks today don't seem to have that many anymore, plus CLP seems to run them each 3+ times if not longer than most other parks.

-You can bring your own food, most pakrs today don't allow it inside their gates you have to go to the picnic area outside the park.

-Free parking, no parking lot wars on the way home, and no two mile hikes from the lot to the park.

-The kiddie land seems decent still.

-The classic style park grandma and grandpa use to enjoy its almost a roll back in time.

Drawbacks are lack of maint, need better food at the midway stands, short operating schedule, closes at 9 or 10 depending on the day, the locals are wierd, lack of good souveniers, infact they ones they have suck as far a shirts etc.

The good news is I was there again on 7/19 and the park was the most crowded Ive seen it since the mid 80's which i hope is good news for them financially, hope the trend keeps up the rest of the season. I never leave CLP in a bad mood, sad mood because I gotta go home and stop ridding the Blue Streak but never bad, I tend to leave most other parks in a bad mood.

Ride the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak!

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 9:18 PM
i live near the park, and, honestly, i could care less if it closes. it needs better rides... including a decent coaster. the blue streak may be a "historical monument" of the area, but, it's one of the worst coaster rides i've ever taken.

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