Former Wildwood Lake Water Park near Cleveland...a future?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:06 AM
I don't recall seeing anything on this subject, and the thread on Action Park made me think of Wildwood Lake Water Park in Columbia Station, OH. I did a Google on it and stumbled across THIS link. Apparently somebody had/has grand plans for this site, rides included, but since it said "Opening in 2007" with a funds availability disclaimer, and that has not happened, nor have I heard or read anything else I'm guessing this was just a pipe dream. The links on the site work and show various flats and a coaster among other things.

A Birds Eye view from Local.Live.com shows very little remnants of the original Wildwood Lake Water Park which I believe closed sometime in the mid to late 90's, but I don't know for sure.

Tom

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:08 PM
Here's the main page for the company:

http://www.sevenstarsparks.com/

I dunno but it sounds like somebody has delusions of grandeur. Although with the drop in parks in the area, it almost makes sense for someone to try. In the last two years we've lost Geauga Lake, Erieview, and probably Conneaut Lake. There are still two big players in the larger region -- CP and KW -- but it might be an opportunity for the right company.

If I were going to build a new park in Ohio, I'd locate it near Logan, believe it or not. With the multiple parks of Hocking Hills surrounding, that area draws a huge summer tourist base. I've been going down for three decades, and in the last few years it's just taken off. Every time I go down, there's another campground or B&B or antique flea market springing up, it seems. And such a park wouldn't suffer too much from close competition; the nearest large park is probably KI, I'm guessing at least two hours away.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 2:50 PM
That website/page is definitely a little odd. Not only are the pictures generic but even the text is pretty basic, as if it was ripped from the page of a book on marketing basics!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 2:51 PM
Seven Stars, Six Flags, anyone got an idea for 5 or 8?
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 3:06 PM
No! It has to be seven! Just like the nursery rhyme: seven chipmunks, twirling on a branch... ;)
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 4:40 PM
Wasn't Fantasy Island once called Two Flags Over Niagara, or something like that?
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Friday, January 18, 2008 2:09 PM
I can't imagine the amount of work they'll need to do to revive those waterslides. They've been sitting idle for almost 14 yrs (if not longer).
The last thing i remember reading about Wildwood was a fire at one of their buildings just after one of their Halloween events.
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Friday, January 18, 2008 3:05 PM
I have looked for recent pictures of the park, but have had no luck. Anyone have some pictures? Also, what do I type in on local live to find the park?

Thanks.

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Friday, January 18, 2008 4:00 PM
Ok, kill two birds here. First, Mark, there is nothing to revive left, everything is gone, and two Horse, HERE is a link directly to a birds eye view of the site.

Tom

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Friday, January 18, 2008 4:14 PM

LdScotsman said:
Seven Stars, Six Flags, anyone got an idea for 5 or 8?

Hm, there was 4 Bears water park, but its now defunct. It's not a company but your post reminded me of that place.

*** Edited 1/18/2008 9:14:58 PM UTC by P18***

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Sunday, January 20, 2008 11:03 AM
Yea, I live right by four bears.

Thanks for the link ldscotsman.

Nothing in that picture would suggest that a park was ever there.

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Monday, January 21, 2008 4:44 PM
My first impression is that the site was some kind of project for a web design class, and the designer decided to create a website for an amusement park.
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Monday, January 21, 2008 9:58 PM
Are there really any parks that have Zippers in them?

I don't see a new park getting a Zipper as the capacity is real low...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 12:59 AM

Ensign Smith said:


In the last two years we've lost Geauga Lake, Erieview, and probably Conneaut Lake. There are still two big players in the larger region -- CP and KW -- but it might be an opportunity for the right company.


Waldameer is going to be jam-packed this summer, and already has a 25% increase in group/company picnics over 2007. Waldameer was hopping last year, due in part to Conneaut's closing, and will most likely add to that 'refugee attendance' with the closure of Geauga Lake, as will Kennywood.

*** Edited 1/22/2008 6:01:00 AM UTC by MidwavePC***

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:12 AM
PLus the addition of Ravine Flyer II. *** Edited 1/22/2008 1:13:41 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:27 AM
Waldameer just needs to get the word out down here in the Cleveland area. I've told numerous people about it and all of them, save those affiliated with the YMCA summer camp in Lake County, have never heard of the park before. Heck, I went to a summer camp 5 miles from the park from the time I was 7 until I was 14 and nobody there ever even mentioned the fact that there was a park there, I just happened to stumble across it online about 4 years ago.

Tom

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 12:20 PM
Tom, thanks for the update. I wasn't sure if anything was there or not.
My daughter tells me her friends go in there and play paintball, but she never said anything about the slides and such being there.

i have fond memories of that place.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 9:33 AM

Hey everyone, I stumbled across this forum and wanted to pass along information about the former Wildwood Lake in Lorain OH. The park closed in 2001 (I actually served as the Head Lifeguard that summer), there were many different potential reasons but bottom line the owners didn't think the park was a good business. It actually took serveral years to sell the park and as far as I've heard it was purchased as a really nice lot for a home. So no waterpark or amusment park at that site.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 9:49 AM

LOL, neat to see this thread bumped as I had forgotten about it, but at the same time I went to the Seven Stars link and it is still active with a 2008 copyright. They apparently plan to build an X style coaster among other rides such as an indoor dueling coaster. It still looks like a bunch of hooey, and they mention that they are searching for investors, but provide no way of contacting them. Obviously they are not on the ball like Charmland!

Tom

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:53 AM

Does anyone out there have any old photos of the park back when it was in operation? Used to go here every Summer when i was younger, my brother still has a Wildwood waterpark grey mug. If you have some photo's would love to see them.

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