The announcement, certain to come as bad news to many local observers, was made this morning following a meeting at the park office. All employees have been laid-off.
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I'm just glad I got there once, even if it was only for about an hour late in the evening. The Blue Streak was a really nice coaster.
Shame but true.
Chuck, well said.
Look at non profit orginizations such as (just digging for an example I am somewhat familiar with) the PA Trolley Museum in Washington, PA.
What started as a ramshackle corrigated metal building housing a handful of old trolleys has grown into a large, mostly operable collection of streetcars, with a brand new car barn and I think about 2 miles of private right of way for them to actually run on.
This all was done by volunteers. Point here is, what would it take for a non profit group (a bunch of enthusiasts, natch) to aquire something like Conneaut and run a "Amusement ride musuem". Yep. The blue streak, along with a nice small bunch of old flats, restored to possibly a 50s era theme. An amusement park insurance rate would probably be higher than that of an operating trolley museum, but it's a thought.
The location of Conneaut probably has a disadvantage as to who is going to spend the travel time to maintain it and work it. Its not really all that close to anything.
Just a thought here. I am not sure what it would take to even begin a process like that.
It is a rather sad story.
My fondest memory of CLP would have to be my ride on Musik Express. The wonderful family park blasting the Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch." So nice to hear one of my favorite songs blasted through a park.*** This post was edited by AJFelice 5/24/2007 7:11:27 PM ***
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