Posted Monday, July 20, 2009 9:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Fans are happy that the 117-year-old amusement park in Crawford County opened in June — for the first time in three years. So are the park's trustees and local business owners, who say the park is the anchor of the region's tourist area. The park and hotel sit on the state's largest natural lake, popular with boaters and swimmers and site of many second homes and rental properties. Yet business owners in the area worry about the future of an amusement park rich in history but short in cash.
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Still got to get out there this year. Dang, where is the summer going?
Likewise, Ensign. We're shooting for Camperland some weekend in August.
I stopped by on Saturday on my way to Waldameer. It was, uh, interesting.
We had a blast doing the few things we could do, and it certainly looked like there was shaping up to be a decent crowd, but the burnt out shells of buildings, melted street lights (from the fires), and the condition of the games made me sad.
On an up note, they're slowly redoing the boardwalk with composite decking, and what they've got done looks AMAZING. There were staff members setting up for a wedding in the hotel ball room, which looked beautiful, and the wedding party came in by boat which was pretty neat to see. The restaurant downstairs in the hotel is closed, but the floor is completely re-tiled, and it looks like it is undergoing a serious remodel.
I hope they can pull it together, because it seems like they know that they want to turn it around, and it would be one hell of a transformation.
I was there with Josh (and Nicole). The flyers were especially fun. ;) Hopefully Blue Streak will reopen soon. It was sad seeing it sit there idle.
That Witch's Stew ride was wicked.
Yeah. That was the "interesting" part of the day. :-D
We were like "what is this ride, it kind of sucks", and then it changed gears and was absolutely brutal.
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