Conneaut Lake Ballroom a Total Loss

Friday, February 1, 2008 6:57 AM
I heard on the radio that the main ballroom at Conneaut Lake Park caught on fire this morning around 3:30 AM. Fire could be seen shooting 100 feet in the air. Per the report, the building is a total loss.

What a shame to lose such a historic building. This is the last thing this park needed.

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Friday, February 1, 2008 8:04 AM
Well Id say they lost more than a ballroom as I've heard that much of the parks equiptment is stored there.

The infastructure of this park is taking a beating, Reguardless if they get funds to open, Repairs and replacements are a whole new ball of wax.
http://yourerie.com/content/fulltext/?cid=6660
Chuck *** Edited 2/1/2008 1:09:22 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***

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Friday, February 1, 2008 8:21 AM
Or... will the insurance on the historic ballroom pay off enough to cover the debt of the park, or at least enough of it to let them resume operations?
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Friday, February 1, 2008 8:23 AM
Looks like the knockout punch has been delivered. A very sad day, perhaps now the park can be put to rest with some semblance of dignity.
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Friday, February 1, 2008 8:50 AM
A larger article with a sad picture can be found HERE.

Tom

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Friday, February 1, 2008 9:16 AM
Would it be inappropriate at this point to wonder about arson?!? I'm just sayin'....
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Friday, February 1, 2008 10:15 AM
kpjb...from http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080201/NEWS02/344707526


Park General Manager George Deshner said the maintenance area contained the motors and other components for most of the park’s rides. They were lost in the fire.

The building was not insured, Deshner said.



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Friday, February 1, 2008 10:16 AM
If so, I don't see how it could be for financial gain. The article stated that neither the building nor its contents were insured.

Another sad episode in the saga of CLP. :( I hate to say it, but it looks like Camp might be right.

^Beat me to it. *** Edited 2/1/2008 3:17:11 PM UTC by Ensign Smith***

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Friday, February 1, 2008 10:31 AM
I have a feeling as though this is another "end-all" fires at a doomed theme park.

CLP, walk into the light, you're close enough already.

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Friday, February 1, 2008 1:53 PM
What a shame. This is terrible news, especially if equipment was stored in that building. As much as I hate to admit it, seems like yet another nail in the coffin. It's just one more thing for the park to deal with if they try to reopen.
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Friday, February 1, 2008 2:17 PM
The parks Mainainence and most of the motors and critical parts for rides were stored in that building.

Whats burned is all the way to the gift shop, The Skeeball building was damaged beyond repair. www.amusementtoday.com has some amazing pictures. Amazingly sad.

IMHO the only way to get the park going ever again would be to sell off remaining rides, Build a full scale waterpark and then pay off the debt and expand. While people like the place, It just isn't a draw.

Chuck

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Friday, February 1, 2008 2:31 PM
Very sad day indeed.... :(

Nonethless, I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to lighten the mood a little by mentioning the whole meth-lab central concept, and how that might tie in to a fire at 3:30am...

In any case, I'll always have Grandma... :)

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Friday, February 1, 2008 5:06 PM
^I know. :) We had the BEST time with Grandma didn't we? I am glad Chuck got some video of all of us and Grandma. :)

That's just sad. :( This is the LAST thing the park needed.

What is it with parks' ballrooms catching on fire? It seems to have been a slow trend over the years. :(

-Tina

*** Edited 2/1/2008 10:07:50 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Friday, February 1, 2008 5:28 PM
There is 'SNL Celebrity Jeopardy!' awful, then there is this. It's tragic, partly because I hoped to see Conneaut Lake and this ballroom building. Almost seems that the last old amusement park ballroom left is at Cedar Point.
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Friday, February 1, 2008 5:37 PM
gator, that was the second thing I thought of! :) It couldn't have been an electrical fire, correct? Seems like it was an isolated, unsecured building that was there for the taking by the wrong kind of "thrill seeker."
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Friday, February 1, 2008 7:40 PM
What I find creepily funny is the link to buy the photo of the husk of the building.

I guess its done. No more CLP.

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Friday, February 1, 2008 10:05 PM
This looks like another bad management decision by the park owners, who in their right mind wouldn't insure a building that housed most of the equipment for the park. It's not if you can afford the insurance but, if you can afford not to have the insurance. It is obvious that this park can't afford not to have insurance and this event will probably be the nail in the parks coffin...
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Saturday, February 2, 2008 1:55 PM
Very sad, indeed.
I thought they had no power on that section of park? Wasn't it shut off last summer?
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Saturday, February 2, 2008 2:48 PM

raser said:
This looks like another bad management decision by the park owners, who in their right mind wouldn't insure a building that housed most of the equipment for the park. It's not if you can afford the insurance but, if you can afford not to have the insurance. It is obvious that this park can't afford not to have insurance and this event will probably be the nail in the parks coffin...

If you have $0 in your pocket and no one will loan you money because of your inability to pay down current debt, then it really isn't a 'decision' at all.

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Friday, February 8, 2008 11:32 PM
Majority of rides' motors not destroyed in fire.

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/local/local_story_038231512.html

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