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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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