Conneaut Lake may open in stages

Posted Monday, April 30, 2007 9:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Conneaut Lake Park, the financially strapped 115-year-old amusement park in Crawford County, may open in stages this summer if enough money can't be raised to open it before Memorial Day weekend. Park officials need $300,000 to open next month. The park has raised only $5,500 by selling commemorative coins for $5 each.

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Monday, April 30, 2007 11:30 AM
Sawblade5's avatar I wonder if I can still get a coin and where I can get one at?
Monday, April 30, 2007 1:40 PM has a number to call. I'm sure there are still plenty of coins available.
Monday, April 30, 2007 2:16 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar 58,900 of the original 60,000 they need to sell should still be available if this article has it's numbers right.
Monday, April 30, 2007 4:27 PM
Jeff's avatar I thought someone said they already knocked out 10,000 of these? I guess not, eh?
Monday, April 30, 2007 8:29 PM
I bought six coins. Its really sad that this ole" park is having such hard times. If you havent been there , you really need to try to visit. Its a quaint turn of the century park in a beautiful setting. It borders a lake and is heavily treed. The Blue Streak Is like no other coaster . With A long tunnel to start and a slam bang ending into the station. The Hotel that is ajacent to the property is very victiorian and charming. I do hope that t this 103 year traditional park is able to open this summer . because if it doesnt, it surely will be missed.
Monday, April 30, 2007 8:43 PM
I remember another now defunct coaster that was similar to the Blue Streak. It was the Dips at the now gone West View Park, also in western PA. This coaster also was an out-and-back with a long tunnel at the beginning. It differed in having that intense turn at the turn around point that was the kind of thing that was more typical of the former Crystal Beach Cyclone.

Another coaster of a similar mold but with more elements of a twister that still operates is the Lakeside Cyclone in Denver.

All three of these coasters were built by the T. M. Harton Co and designed by members of the Vettel family.

Both the Blue Streak and the Lakeside Cyclone remain ACE Classic coasters.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 12:35 AM
MidwavePC's avatar As of Monday morning, the park has made $7405 in token sales.

That's an average of $1000 of tokens per day.

Scroll to the bottom of the Meadville Tribune front page PDF file to see the daily count!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 1:31 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar 60,000 tokens sold as a goal.

200 tokens a day on average so far.

(working the abacus....)

At this rate they'll be able to open on February 26, 2008.

Seriously though, they want to sell 60,000 of these things and after a week they still haven't hit 2000? Look, I think it'd be cute if the people rallied behind the park too, but what kind of miracle is it going to take to move another 58,000 of these things in a reasonable time frame?

They have to go from 2000 tokens a week to 2000 tokens a day to open by Memorial Day.

This isn't hatred or bashing the goodwill of kind people - it's just a realistic look at the situation. The token thing isn't going to work.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 7:41 AM
MidwavePC's avatar I agree with you Gonch.

The fact that the land the park sits on can be turned into something better and more beautiful, while keeping the charm the area is, is still a possibility.

We had an equally fun time going around the lake on the Paddlewheel Boat and spending time on the beach, as we did on the rides.

I think the Conneaut Lake area can survive even if the park doesn't return.
What they need to do is look into investing into newer buildings and outside investment.

(p.s....$8955 raised so far, as of Tuesday morning, 7 days since the token sale was announced)

What still gets me about Conneaut Lake Park is that the food at the park still beats what's offered at Geauga Lake, except for GL/WWK's Big Daddy's BBQ!

That's something that smaller parks offer that too many of the larger operations forget..Good, digestible food for the entire family!

I still get in arguments when I claim that Waldameer's Patch Fries are better than Kennywood's.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 11:48 AM
I thought I read last saturday that they'd sold over 10k of the tokens. Considering how the clock is ticking, I wonder if they have a tentative schedule for any of their specialty weekends: Do-Wop, corvette show etc? I haven't heard or read anything about those.

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