Conneaut Lake Park opens after two-year absence

Posted Friday, May 22, 2009 10:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After a two-year absence, the amusement park reopens today with many of its rides in operation and has a host of activities — ranging from DoWopp music to a car cruise-in — planned for the Memorial Day weekend. Financial problems at the amusement park, which is more than $2 million in debt, kept its rides from operating in 2007 and 2008. The park’s Beach Club tavern and eatery and Hotel Conneaut were open part of the 2007 season and again in 2008, which was run by a separate operating group.

Read more from The Meadville Tribune.

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Friday, May 22, 2009 9:28 PM

Does anyone know the status of the new dark ride for this park? I believe I heard that someone bought "Fright Zone" from the now defunct Erieview Park that was in Geneva On The Lake. They then donated it to the park.

It would be a nice for this park, since it was a Bill Tracy design and survived the WestView park closure.Well, at least the first floor did...

Last edited by Bill2, Friday, May 22, 2009 9:34 PM
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Friday, May 22, 2009 9:52 PM

Re-opening the Blue Streak is the next priority. The dark ride is safe and sound.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009 1:43 AM

What are the food options for 2009? The park food was always good, and I usually skip 'trailer food'.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009 3:55 PM

Is CLP only POP, no individual tickets? Any gate charge?

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Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:13 AM

http://www.conneautlakepark.com

$5 parking fee, and FREE Admission, unless you Ride or Slide

*prices listed below include Summit Amusement Tax &
Local Sales Tax....
Park rides and waterpark are leased
by Lisko Amusements, Lowellville, OH

Adult Ride Band - $19.95

Under 46" Ride Band - $15.40

Adult Ride Band w/ Waterpark - $26.33

Under 46" Ride Band w/ Waterpark - $21.78

Water Park Only - $9.35

Kiddie Land Birthday Party - $12.10 per child
(10 or more children)

Season Pass ~Adult - $92.40

Season Pass ~Under 46" - $46.20

Add Water Park to Season Pass - add'll $28.60

Season Water Park Pass - $71.49

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Monday, May 25, 2009 10:48 PM

Individual tickets are avaible.

It was a very busy weekend. The Tumble Bug did open Sunday and runs great! Also most other park rides are open.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:49 AM

I was there Monday and the croud grew more and more as the day went on.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:56 AM

Ken Jones said:
Individual tickets are avaible.

It was a very busy weekend. The Tumble Bug did open Sunday and runs great! Also most other park rides are open.

That's great news, Ken. Can't wait to do my camping weekend there!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:17 PM

Great news!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:36 PM

:)

I'm hoping to get over there in June.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:49 PM

I think it's great that the park is off to a good start with solid attendance this weekend. I am wondering, though, how much of this summer's attendance (and next summer's if Blue Streak opens as planned in 2010) will be due to people coming out for a one-time show of support.

I have heard a lot of calls for support and requests for folks to come out this summer. I even thought about it myself as CLP was a significant park in my childhood, too. But really, what is being asked of folks (or should be anyway) is for everyone to make CLP a priority park for visitation each summer. How many folks who don't live in the area will be able to say they will make it each year?

Again, still hoping it can work out for the park. I just think it will be interesting to see how things play out beyond these first couple of years after people come out to do some reminiscing while doing their part to help out and then leave.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:17 AM

I agree it's going to be a tough battle for the park to fight. The park has to become a regular destination for people and not just something they visit to show their support, but how does the park become a regular destination when it doesn't even offer what it did two years ago? I can only hope that enough people show up to support the park, spend some money and have it be enough for the place to come out ahead at the end of the season so it can start offering something new, and therefore give people more of a reason to keep coming back.

The Blue Streak, Bug and charming atmosphere are enough for me, but I doubt that's enough for everyone. Still, this is good news. I had started to consider the park to have received its final blow yet it came back from the dead once again. That's a reason for any enthusiast to celebrate.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:36 PM

ACE is currently planning on spending some time at Conneaut during the 2010 Coaster Convention. Provided the park is still open I'm sure they'll go regardless of whether or not Blue Streak is open. That could provide some exposure. The Convention usually make the news within a fairly decent radius of the host parks. The occasional enthusiasts going isn't going to keep the park open. What they need are the local families showing up. Did they ever get much (if any) in terms of company picnics?

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