Dover Lake Water Park in Ohio

Thursday, December 7, 2006 12:31 PM
I heard a few days ago from a friend that it was reopening, but have been unable to find anything about it online. Does anyone know if it is true, and if so where can I find information?
Thursday, December 7, 2006 1:10 PM
I live within ten miles of Dover Lake. It hasn't made the local papers or news if it is indeed reopening.
Thursday, December 7, 2006 1:14 PM
Not sure if it's reopening but, according to Mike from the Memphis Kiddie Park the Herschell Little Dipper from Dover is still for sale. He was originaly considering buying it because it has the original Aluminum Trains. But he said they were harder to sit in and changed his mind. They were originaly going for $7,000 and he said the price has since then come down.

Their site has been down since the middle of 2006 but from looking at the internet wayback machine they said the park would not be open for the 2006 season. They never said anything about the future. *** Edited 12/7/2006 6:18:29 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***

Thursday, December 7, 2006 3:03 PM
I've only been able to get in contact with a few people who worked there over the past few summers. Some were even hired for the 2006 season. Then nothing. The park itself looks to be in very reasonable shape, and could open for next year, if that would be the case. It seems from talking to the workers, that the place just up and ran out of money. Save some this year, and posibly open next year. The biggest problem they all say the park has, is that it's right freakn' smack in the middle of Ohio's park system.
Thursday, December 7, 2006 4:30 PM
If they closed due to lack of money, they would have even less now. Just because the park was closed doesn't mean the bills or outstanding loans would go away. There was no revenue this year of which I am aware. *** Edited 12/7/2006 9:31:16 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***
Thursday, December 7, 2006 11:07 PM
But Dover Lake (from what I know and understand of it) was/is mostly a "hobby" of the owner of Marc's Stores. From what the Dover Lake people said, if his stores did good they got things. So it can be possible (not saying it is.) That he could be saving up for it. Unlike it being just Dover Lake creating an income for itself.
Thursday, December 7, 2006 11:28 PM
It was closed for 06' but i could swear that it wasn't going to reopen. As for the guy who owns marc's hes got to be doing well, because those stores attract alot of business.

Speaking of those ohio owned stores, Drug Mart jumped on the whole Ohio Cedar fair ticket marketing and pass sales. That does now include maxpasses, and tickets to Kings Island even though most are north of the columbus area.

Friday, December 8, 2006 1:59 PM
It's possible that Peak Resorts (they own Brandywine and Boston Mills ski resorts) may aquire it.
The owner of Marcs, Marc Glassman i think, owned several Chuck-e-Cheese clones back in the 80's and 90's and closed those for no particular reason. My kids and I went to the one they had North Olmsted the day it closed and talked to the MGR. She was stunned by the news and didn't see it coming at all. She said they were doing a huge business and had birthday parties scheduled for next two months.

I was surprised when no one purchased WildWood in columbia station after it closed. That place was always packed.

Friday, December 8, 2006 2:18 PM
Yeah, it is Marc Glassman. My friend used to be his neighbor, and their families are still good friends.

Off the record, I had heard that Peak Resorts wasn't interetested in property as a waterpark.

*** Edited 12/9/2006 2:44:50 PM UTC by DBCP***

Friday, December 8, 2006 4:10 PM
^Bummer. I guess this season we'll have to hop the fence again to ski the tube and waterslides. :)
Friday, December 8, 2006 4:54 PM
I belive there are still some Chuck E. Cheese places around. One at Great Northern I think.
Friday, December 8, 2006 5:02 PM
^There are. There's also one at Parmatown. No connection to the ones Marcs had. The ones Marcs had were way better in the food category. They also gave 5 tokens for a buck as opposed to the traditional 4.
Friday, December 8, 2006 10:19 PM
Peak Resorts DID buy Dover Lake Park. I work at Boston Mills and they told us at one of our training sessions. They plan on expanding the slopes and making Dover a newer, better tubing area. Construction will prob not be until next year they said.
Saturday, December 9, 2006 9:20 AM
I can't wait to see the preliminary Trail Map.
New tubing area, eh? Hopefully a safer one. :)
Saturday, December 9, 2006 9:46 AM
That makes a little more sense now, as to why they didn't want it as a waterpark property... they wanted it as a ski/tubing property.
Monday, December 11, 2006 1:00 AM
Hey Rollski, any word on a Boston Mills expansion to the right of Croyle? The Ludwigs traded land with the forest service years ago to make a few more runs, but nothing ever became of that. Just wondering if Peak Resorts have any plans for that land.
Monday, December 11, 2006 11:30 AM
If anyone's interested, here's the link for
Boston Mills/Brandywine.


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