Conneaut likely to open, attendance up last year

Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2003 3:38 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Herb Brill, Conneaut Lake Park's court-appointed custodian, says he's confident he's found a source of money to open the park this spring. He says attendance was up last year, and the park might have been profitable if not for high maintenance costs.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 4:11 AM
I just have a feeling this is delaying the inevitable. Cost vs. profit at that park is way too close because of the maintnenance costs like they say.

If they do open this year.. it'll be a stuggle again for next year. People do not invest money in things that don't make a profit for very long.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 4:58 AM
I think is time for a corporation to purchase this park and retore it.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 5:01 AM
.. probablem is the maint. costs and such are so high in the park, I see it being difficult for some company to come in, invest the money, and keep the park the way it is.

Once you start to change the park, all the people will start complaining about how it's lost it's "small park feel". You also have to take into consideration, as much maintenance as the Blue Streak requires these days. A company that comes in may just elect to level it and build a new coaster, and I know you can see the peopel screaming bloody murder if that was to happen.

It's a nice little park, but I am just not too optimistic about it's future. You don't invest in somethign that doesn't pay off.

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June 11th, 2001 - Gemini 100
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Technical Services - 2002-2003
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 5:08 AM
CLP and Americana are quickly becoming the central focus of CPlaya II. I wish both parks well and sincerely hope they're up and running in late May/early June.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 5:23 AM
Most of the high maintenance costs were due to the older rides that they have, and the inability to find parts. The Toboggan would have had more up time if the lift chain hadn't broke within the first two weeks of operation. The Sky Thriller wasn't even open at all last season. With those two exceptions, all of the rides were open the days I was there last year. Also remember that the Carousel building got a fresh paint job, the entire front entrance/ticket booths got painted, and I think Steak on the Lake (resturant in the hotel) was renovated, and Streak's old train was put back into operation after sitting for 30 some years.

With all of the improvements that the park is making, and the sheer volume of people that were there last year, the park could definately make a turn around.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 6:13 AM
Sky Thriller was indeed open last year...I rode it a few days after SRM.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 8:11 AM
This is why everyone should go there this summer. This park is a classic and is kept up amazingly well. It barely an hour from SFWoA and Kennywood.

I would hate to see this park fail after giving such an effort.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 9:17 AM
Agreed. You can bet I'll be there this summer, if things hold out and Conneaut does open.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:29 AM
I was there for the first time last June. This is the one park that I am making definate plans to get back to this year (aside from the old home park Hershey and "home park away from home" Knoebels). Gotta' ride Blue Streak with its "new" old trains (the NAD's were running when I was there last).

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 3:13 PM
Wish it wasn't like 6.5 hours away. I'm poor, give me a break. :)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 8:24 AM
SUPPORT Conneaut!!!!!!!!!
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Friday, March 7, 2003 7:02 AM
Sky Thriller is the big finacial drain in terms of rides. That thing has blown so may engines, its not worth reinvesting into. In 2001, they spent close to $60,000 fixing it. You could buy a couple of older-used flat rides with that.
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:59 AM
Like others have said, the best way to help the park is to visit. I live on the other side of the state and definately plan to visit with a friend this summer so long as the park is open. That is two more visitors they didn't have last year.

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