DAFE is hoping to get as many enthusiasts as they can to say goodbye to this unique park. ERT will be offered on both the park's Fright Zone dark ride and The Brat kiddie coaster.
This is the press release issued by the park today:
For Immediate Release For further information: Contact Don Woodward 2006 TO BE LAST SUMMER FOR ERIEVIEW PARK Erieview Park, a small amusement park in the Lake Erie resort village of Geneva-on-the-Lake, will cease amusement park operations after this summer season. “We have decided to redevelop this lakefront parcel in order to further the Geneva-on-the-Lake resort environment. Like many lakefront areas, it has become a case of the land becoming more suitable for other uses,” said Erieview Park General Manager Don Woodward. “While we are not ready to discuss the future uses of this prime area, suffice it to say that whatever our family decides to do will enhance Geneva-on-the-Lake. It has always been our goal to improve and develop the resort’s recreational aspects. We have really never taken advantage of its 700’ of shoreline, and we hope to make that a focal point. We are looking at three different and diverse uses for the area, and are currently involved in a feasibility study,” said Woodward. Woodward is one of the three family members who own and operate Erieview Park. Started in 1945 by Woodward’s grandfather, E.M. “Pop” Pera, Woodward’s sisters Martha Fenlason and Donna Colby also are involved in the operation. Originally founded as a kiddy park with just two rides, the park has expanded to the current 18-ride lineup of 9 adult and 9 kiddy rides. It is located in the center of the Geneva-on-the-Lake entertainment strip on an 8-acre parcel. Erieview Park is open daily from Noon through August 27, then Labor Day weekend September 1 through September 4. The final day that Erieview Park will be open to the public is Saturday, September 9; a private group is scheduled in the park on Sunday, September 10. Norton Auctioneers of Coldwater, Michigan on Tuesday, October 3, will sell the park’s rides, equipment, and memorabilia. Norton Auctioneers is a world-renowned auction company specializing in the liquidation of amusement parks, carnivals, zoos, family entertainment centers, and museums. *** Edited 7/31/2006 11:21:03 PM UTC by Brother Dave*** *** Edited 8/1/2006 2:25:00 AM UTC by Brother Dave***
First, I would like to see that darkride relocated to another park. I remember when the stunts for this ride were in the Haunted House at West View Park. Fortunately, there is another great Tracey darkride not far away at Waldameer.
Second, I hope that the demise of Erieview means more business for Conneaut Lake Park. This park can certainly use every break that it can get.
I've seen the park from a car and looked more like a carnival. I hear almost nothing about it even though it's only an hour at the most away. O well these very small parks in small cities are a dying breed.
I hate seeing any park go, especially a park I will never get to see.
Looks like I'll have to swing out there sometime.
Don't forget their dark ride, John. It shows boobies.
Other parks I've taken out include, but are not limited to: SFAW, MBP, Williams Grove, Libertyland, Adventure City (is that closed YET?), LeSourdesville/Americana, Miracle Strip, SFMM, and I'm not even sure what to say about High Roller ("hey, at least the rest of the rides are still there?").
At least SFDL will get turned over to PARK owners...:)
But then again, there's SFEV, Frontier City, and Clementon that ain't looking too swell...and the Jersey shore parks, fuggedaboutit! ;)
If you love your park, don't let me in the gates...
*** Edited 8/1/2006 5:43:52 AM UTC by rollergator***
That makes this the 4th park to close or change names in Ohio this year!! And the 2nd at least to close down!
This is truly sad, since it has some GREAT history up there.
But like a few have said, it's not just about the park. One MUST go up and experience the WHOLE strip. It's just such a great place to visit!
While at the park itself, you must also ride the Fright Zone.
I have A TON of pics if anyone wants to see the place. Here are some excellent 360 degree pics that will give anyone a feel for the place:
*** Edited 8/1/2006 5:47:43 AM UTC by RollerCoasterGod***
The carnies were a company with a good reputation for safe ride operation. They brought in some of their best rides such as a Sky Wheel or a Zipper.
Another highlight of the event was the Buggy Races. This was a cross between bobsledding and the Soap Box Derby. Those engineering students would really get involved in designing those things.
The press release is right about one thing: The frontage on Lake Erie is currently not utilized. Most of the shoreline is overgrown to the extent that you can't even see the lake. I hope it is true that they will replace the rides with something else that will enhance the quirky old-time resort atmosphere, otherwise, I fear for the entire "strip". Woodward seems to have his hands in many of the strip's attractions so there is reason to believe that the park property will become something fitting with the area.
The dark ride is the big concern. It would be nice if it could stay and continue to operate. It's attached to a restaurant building (which has strip frontage), and it doesn't seem like it would be in the way of future plans for the Erieview property.
Edited to add "in Ohio", oops! *** Edited 8/2/2006 8:18:26 PM UTC by LdScotsman***
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