Indiana Beach fans hold rally to "save" park

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020 5:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The cold weather didn’t stop dozens of Indiana Beach fans from rallying Saturday in Monticello, Indiana, to save the park. The gathering comes almost two weeks after the amusement park’s current owners, Apex Parks Group, announced its closure.

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Monday, March 2, 2020 5:04 PM
Jeff's avatar

Nothing is quite as effective as attracting a new owner as a rally and a petition!

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Monday, March 2, 2020 5:54 PM
Vater's avatar

Worked for me.

Monday, March 2, 2020 10:10 PM

This might hold as much clout as those Straight Pride marches, with only slightly more in attendance.
But 50,000 signatures on a petition is impressive. The problem, though, might be who to hand it to.

Monday, March 2, 2020 10:26 PM
Jeff's avatar

Maybe that guy who was going to save the Geauga Lake Dipper has some spare time.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:40 AM

RCMAC said:

The problem, though, might be who to hand it to.

My thought exactly. It’s not being shut down by a developer that wants to bulldoze it for a Publix or McMansions. Anyone with the means to buy it and make it work has probably already taken a look and passed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:13 AM
kpjb's avatar

Well, if each of those 50,000 people who signed the petition throw in $1,000 then you've got yourself a saved park... but signing a petition is much more effective than actually doing something, I've heard.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:25 AM

The interesting thing is the gal that says only two reservations have cancelled. (So far). Maybe the area as a vacation destination will endure in spite of not having an amusement park, but at the same time not having a park just has to have an impact.
It reminds me of when I was young and summer cottage communities were the norm. I think of places like Chippewa Lake, Russels Point, Buckeye Lake, and Crystal Beach where families would go for a week or two, boat, sun, or fish during the day then head over to the park(s) in the evening for a stroll or a bite to eat. Maybe take a spin or two on the rides.
A while back IB went to a gated configuration, meaning people had to pay just to enter, so maybe the tide had already turned. And I know most of the lake towns I mentioned are still faring well, but condos and marinas have taken the place of the tiny cottages. (Chippewa being the exception, I suppose)
Oh well. Things change.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:54 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

As someone who has dipped their toe into community organizing, I find myself shaking my head a lot at what people think "gets things done." Petitions, rallies, protests, marches, campaigns, ads...none of it matters if there's no concrete plan, nobody's listening, and there's no target. An old community organizing adage: "The action is in the reaction."

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."


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