Lancaster wants its carousel back to spawn development

Posted Thursday, July 12, 2001 4:37 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Officials from Lancaster want to install a century-old carousel in their downtown district to revitalize the area. The coaster was originally in near-by Rocky Springs Park, which closed in the early Eighties. The ride spent time in Lansing, Michigan and Dollywood park.

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Thursday, July 12, 2001 5:15 AM
Ok, so it's in storage. Good, they should try to bring it back. I just hope it gets taken care of, because I see this as a possible target for vandals.
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 5:16 AM
There are signs up all around the area, saying something like "Save the Animals" and pictures of the Carousell animals.

Hopefully they can acquire it and bring it back. Sadly, the same can't be said for the rest of Rocky Springs.

The park was the home of a Herb Schmeck / PTC coaster named "Wildcat" that was supposedly quite good. Unfortunately, after a brief reopening in the early 1980's, the park closed, and the "Wildcat" was demolished.

I believe a housing development (or condo's or town houses or something) stands where the park once was. The only remanant of the park that remains is the old bowling alley.

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Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:11 AM
I do hope they get it running again. I do love roller coasters but my first and biggest love (in terms of amusement rides, in case my husband is reading this) is classic carousels! I live in Lansing now and I sure wish there were one around here still. The closest one is in a museum in Grand Rapids -- I'm going to go visit that one next week.
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:25 AM
Hey this is just like Cleveland Ohio Idea. They are interested in bringing back the old Euclid beach carousel. Although many tax payers dont like the idea. The carousel is in the process of being fixed up. I hope it happens.
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 12:43 PM
I live here in Lancaster and I think they are really close to getting it back up and running. I honestly believe it will be taken care of.
Did you know that Rocky Springs Park is also for sale?!? I don't know about the zoning or anything but, the land is for sale. I drive by it atleast 4 times a week and I just WISH I had the money to buy the park. That would be like a dream come true!!!
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 12:55 PM
jgfama said:
Did you know that Rocky Springs Park is also for sale?!? I don't know about the zoning or anything but, the land is for sale. I drive by it atleast 4 times a week and I just WISH I had the money to buy the park. That would be like a dream come true!!!

Like I said above, I was under the impression that there was nothing left of the park.

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Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:45 PM
Most of the land where the park was is still "intact". Rocky Springs Bowling is still there and operational. There is a housing development behind the Bowling Alley but, there is still a good bit of land there.
There are a few buildings left standing (some are not in the best shape, from what I can see when I drive by).
I just found the sale ad in the paper. Here it is:
"Your own private 17.1 acre estate located minutes from downtown Lancaster. The original 4500 SF brick home and a 2-bedroom caretaker residence priovide the living space. Penny Land, The Trolley Shop, the Popcorn Stand, Dance Land and the original carousel builiding provide the ambiance. With over 10 acres of undeveloped park and a lots of river frontage, this could be your chance of a lifetime." *** This post was edited by jgfama on 7/12/2001. ***
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:04 PM
Go for it!

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