Posted Monday, December 3, 2001 6:06 AM | Contributed by bigkirby
A developer would like to restore Buckeye Lake amusement park outside of Columbus, Ohio. The plans include the reconstruction of The Dips roller coaster and ballroom. The first round of financing required is $5 million, which would include the coaster, facility and parking construction.
Very interesting. It would be cool if they could link up with the Buckeye Central Scenic Railroad in Hebron. I think that line ran to Buckeye Lake at one time. I wonder how much of the roadbed still exists. Taking a train ride to Buckeye lake for a picnic and some rides would make nice little outing.
Wow I would love that! I live 15 minutes from Buckeye Lake. I have heard from my parents about the old park and have always wished that it would have never gone away. Now it looks like my wish may actually come true!
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It is also only about a 30 minute drive from Columbus, and could serve as a nice little regional park for a getaway on any given day. Columbus does have a waterpark nearby in Wyandott Lake. I look forward to possibly having a park so close nearby. Also I can tell you that I am pretty sure the Dips is no longer standing. If you look at the site it says they will reconstruct the Dips. Besides, I may ask my parents when I get home from college, but I think the coaster out over the water was not the Dips but a completely other coaster. If this ever does happen I live close enough to try and keep everyone posted on the progress.
Cool, we've got OHCoasterfreak and glacier985 living so close :) Still, nobody get the idea that CCI has got the cranes ready, they are still in the planning/funding stage. Nothing will be there for summer 2002. 2003 might be a nice surprise though :)
I think the park would have the chance of doing very well. I live in Columbus. The only park in this city area is Wyandot Lake. Most of the locals around here look at Wyandot Lake as a water park, and nothing else. There isn't really much to draw people from out of town to it, as fun as the Sea Dragon is.
Most people in Columbus looking for a fun day at a amusement park go to CP or PKI. Both have hour plus drives. Buckeye Lake is actually shorter than that, and like PKI, is located off a major interstate. Folks that are tired of the drive to PKI or CP, could very well look at the drive to Buckeye Lake as a positive alternative. After all, wasn't it Walt Disney that wanted looked at the location of Buckeye Lake as a possible site for Disney World........or was that another urban legend?
If this park does re-open, I know I will be excited. Watching old home movies of the park made it look kind of like a Americana-type park. I even have a old picture of The Dips sticking to my refrigerator right now.
Just curious do you think they would ever re build and construct Chippewa Lake Park they could clean up the place re paint and re build the Big Dipper plus the other coasters and buildings and clean the whole place up and restore it. If they realy wanted to spend the money it could happen. What are the chances of this? ----------------- Cedar Point Americas Rock N Rollercoast!
Bigkirby, thanks for the news. And yes the Dips ran out over the lake. I was there recently and saw the fountain working (very cool) and some footers in the smaller body of water.....not sure what those are from but they are bunched together. I don't know if the coaster was built over that part, or the actual lake area itself. I too live in Central Ohio and would love to see this develop. Here's a page I have with some pics and links: http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173/buckeyelake.html ------------- DON'T....LOOK....BACK! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002! Model coasters and rides: www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173
I saw Peter Gabriel's WOMAD festival there in '93 (where I met Lenny Kravitz, among others). For the purpose of that concert, it was actually not a bad venue, even though it's essentially just a big hillside.
Personally, I'm not sure I see the viability of this kind of project. In Ohio, it seems to me that you're either in the amusement park business to win or you're not in it. Columbus in particular is an easy drive to so many parks.
I hate to say it, but the park can only be a part of a larger development with retail and restaurants, perhaps an FEC or something. Other than us, I don't see people just driving out there to ride a coaster and drive home.
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Well if there is ever so much as even one coaster there I will be happy. It would give me another option for a possible fix's between trips to other parks. Driving 2.5 hours to CP is not exactly something I get to the opportunity to do a lot in the summer. Some airtime would be good to keep me from taking the infamous Blacks road bump at 60 mph in my car for an airtime fix ;-)