Good news! Leap the Dips reopened on Friday, Aug 12th. Lots of lumber has been replaced, mainly on the track and some of the structure. The ride seems to be running as good as ever, though there is heavy rust on the rails since it hasn't operated since last fall.
Kudos to Lakemont Park for returning this classic to operational status!
This is excellent news, indeed. I was at the park on Saturday the 6th, just missing it. I am glad to hear that it is now back up and running. Skyliner was running great, imo, so I may try to get back to the park when I'm in that general area this weekend. Great stuff.
Even treated lumber isn't gonna make it past 20-25 years....granted, LtD is *not* your normal coaster, it's a piece of hardwood furniture reconstructed by *furniture makers*....completely different animal than any other wooden coaster you've ridden....
On a PBS show called "Great Old Amusement Parks", (which is available online on VHS) they did a lengthy segent about Lakemont/Leap The Dips. And on there, while they didn't go into a tons of detail they did say Ashley Rischel, (I'm guessing on the spelling.), a local furniture maker was payed to do a "full restoration" on LTD. He said that the wood he had added was "saturated in motor oil to give it longevity, and life" and that he approached the coaster as "...one big piece of furniture."
Take those comments for what there worth. And above all, listen to those who have been there, (which I haven't). From the few up-closeshots they gave it appeared the parts he was talking about were probably around the track itself, and not so much around the structure.