Hamel's Park

Saturday, January 24, 2004 10:21 PM
This park was my home park in Shreveport Louisiana and theres not a lot of info on it. It was a really small amusement park and i was wondering if anybody had any info on it like size in acres, rides, etc. It would be greatly appreciated *** Edited 1/25/2004 3:36:10 AM UTC by jrhodes07***
Saturday, January 24, 2004 11:31 PM
I know they had a train, swings, log flume, Zyklon, Gravitron, Ballon ride, and several kiddie rides. All of the rides have been removed except for the log flume and what looks like an unfinished water ride (I've yet to figure out what it was supposed to be. It looks like a mini-rapids ride built above the ground). Most, if not all, of the buildings are still there. Every few weekends, some type of craft show-like thing is held there.

I have a picture of the log flume I took one day. I can email it to you or post it somwhere if you would like to see it.

*** Edited 1/25/2004 4:38:08 AM UTC by The Shy One***

Saturday, January 24, 2004 11:35 PM
That was actually a portable River Rapids ride. When Steve Vander-Vorste bought the park he brought it out of storage (his family has a warehouse full of old rides) and installed it.


Sunday, January 25, 2004 12:09 AM
Thats awesome. Sure could you post it here or to my e-mail address at jrhodes02@hotmail.com. Do you know how big the park was in acres??
Monday, January 26, 2004 9:27 PM
thanx alot the shy one. Do you live in Shreveport???
Tuesday, January 27, 2004 7:46 PM
Does anybody know why Hamels Park went out of business. Was it like bankruptcy or just bad management

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