Posted Monday, January 29, 2007 12:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff
A public meeting was held Sunday to discuss the future of the now 115 year-old Conneaut Lake Park. The park is now over two million dollars in debt. They were forced to take out a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar loan last year just to open the facility. A financial advisor said, "The amount that it's losing seems to be accelerating from year to year."
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No idea what the park can do. I do think it's the area the park is in that's dying more than the park itself.
Location, location, location!
And the location of CLP seems to me to be a dying, seasonal, very localized, weekend getaway style town - the built-in, summer-long, audience of vacationers doesn't exist anymore. (at least not on the level it used to)
But what do I know. I'm not a resident Pennsylvanian anymore, so I have no business making such accusations, I suppose.
I randomly had the opportunity to visit the park this summer by luck. I took advantage knowing it could close any year. I guess this is kind of a Wal Mart vs small business war. Wal Mart always wins. The larger parks are more appealing.
How does Indiana Beach stay busy? It's sort of the same scenero.
"Competition + population centers" is the SAME discussion we continue to have about SF. When you're the ONLY game in town, you've got something that's hard to match. Add that in with the facts: IB is *superb*, and continues to invest and re-invest. The scenarios, IMO, couldn't be MORE different.
"Competition + population centers" is the SAME discussion we continue to have about SF.
I'm glad you see the parallels. Now go over to the CLP thread in the forums and explain it. :)
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