Hoffman's Playland will give way to "progress"

Posted Monday, August 4, 2014 8:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Hoffman's Playland opened with two rides and some ponies. Sixty-two years later it has 19 rides and hosts 500 birthday parties a summer. But Hoffman is ready to retire, and the 8 acres of land the park sits on has become extremely valuable. The land surrounding it is now home to a brand new mixed-use development.

Read more from NPR.

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Monday, August 4, 2014 12:00 PM
rollergator's avatar

So I read the article, hoping/expecting to see something about the bumper cars (Lusses, apparently they'll be adopted by Knoebels). Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PfwSoxCKU8

While there was no mention of them, there was a listing of "kiddie parks" around the country, nine of them (I've visitied 5). I might argue that Rye and Adventureland Long Island don't belong on the list...or I could be convinced otherwise. But there's a few they are definitely missing: Legoland(s) in FL and CA, Story Land (NH), Idlewild, and Santa's Workshop (Pike's Peak, CO) are the first ones that come to mind....any others?

Monday, August 4, 2014 2:16 PM
KnoebelsGrandCarousel's avatar

Sesame Place.

Would Quassy count?

Monday, August 4, 2014 2:27 PM
rollergator's avatar

I would argue yes for Quassy, with a most definitely for Sesame.

Justr remembered Santa's Land in Cherokee, NC. Couple work friends spend a LOT of time in that area, but none interested enough in parks to pay a visit.

Also, I remember seeing that "Santa's Village" (AZoosment Park) in Dundee, IL has re-opened. Figures I got to see the park in terrible condition when it was closed, LOL.

Wow, I guess the cre-ho label really fits....I'll wear it with pride. ;~)

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:41 PM

This is a huge shame.

I was at Hoffman's Playland a fortnight ago, and it's a lovely little park.

I'm glad I got the chance to visit.


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