LeSourdsville Lake - Officially Closed

Friday, April 25, 2003 1:59 PM
I'm posting this here until the news article I submitted can be approved.

Today, an announcement appeared on the Official LeSourdsville Lake website ( http://www.lesourdsville.com) stating that effective imediately, the park is closed indefintely. More details forthcoming.


Let me be the first to day how truly saf this is. It's a sad, sad day for traditional park enthusiasts in Ohio. I think I'm gonna go cry now.


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David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville

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Friday, April 25, 2003 2:23 PM
I missed LL by two freaking days last year. I hope they find a way to turn the park around.

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Don't believe everything you think. - bumper sticker seen on 4/19/03

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Friday, April 25, 2003 2:24 PM
Sucks, doesn't it Moosh? I missed Idora Park by ONE DAY! ("We'll just come back next year")

Well, here's hoping it's like a Phoenix.

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- "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson

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Friday, April 25, 2003 2:40 PM
SF to the rescue!
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Friday, April 25, 2003 3:03 PM
Hope it is opened in 2004.
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Friday, April 25, 2003 3:09 PM
Skip have you ever been to this place? Its far to small a place to have SF to even bother. If they did go and buy it Screeching Eagle would be castrated with trims and all the nice long cycles would be a thing of the past.

Best thing to do is hope the owner gets things togeather and starts up in 2004. Never said forever.

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Lets go its on!
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Friday, April 25, 2003 3:11 PM
I can't think of any other way to put this than...

:(

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Jeff's Stalker
My K'Nex Coasters
Glad I finally made my first trip to LL last year...

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:05 PM
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Very, very sad. I miss my Eaglet!

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- John

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:43 PM
I knew something was strange this past month when I have been trying to contact them and everything was disconected...everything, e-mail, phone, etc.

It really is quite sad, after all the work they put into that place last year. I have a feeling somone on the inside is "not playing nice with the others" here.

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"The Future of Roller Coasters"
-RollerCoasterGod
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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:53 PM
Its wierd that their emails, phones, etc. would be shut down but their website is still active.

Isnt Couch's campers(or whatever its called) still open? If so, why not try contacting them?

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:59 PM
I hope a small park in FL would buy Screeching Eagle if the park never reopens. SE is probably better than Dania Beach Hurricane FL's best woodie.
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Saturday, April 26, 2003 5:40 AM
The best wood in Ohio is silenced once again. What a shame. This is one coaster I'd help relocate, board by board if nessesary, to a new home.

Let's hope for the best.

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Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 7:08 AM
This is a real shame, hopfully they can turn it around to get the park open again, it looks like a nce park. I think Knoebels should buy SE if the park goes under, it would be a great addition. Either then that, I also wouldnt mind them buying the entire park, but I think LL is a Coke park and Knoebels is a Pepsi, so it wouldnt work out...
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Saturday, April 26, 2003 7:31 AM
P18: Parks can switch beverage providers at any time, besides, LL is a Pepsi park

Couch didn't give the park a chance last year, and Pugh didn't hope to reassure Couches dreams either. I think Couch needs to take a good, hard look at the profit-making park he has.

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 7:40 AM
Man, am I glad I visited the park last year. Next to the European Coaster Odyssey, this park was my #1 park to visit in 2002. I'm extremely glad I did and will never forget the fantastic time I had that day. The Screechin Eagle was truly a wonderful coaster.

The website also said that further details of the park's future will be forthcoming. I hope it's good news, however I do have my doubts.

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 8:24 AM
Hey, SE could always come to CP. Then we could have a woodie to be proud of. ;)

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Well, I used to be able to see TTD from my house, then I moved.
Life's not fair.

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 8:58 AM
LeSourdsville Lake has had about every major soft drink known. It's been a Coke park, a Pepsi Park, and an Royal Crown Park.

I'm not so sure its over. I mean Couch DID invest over $3,000,000 last year restoring and rehabbing the park, and he did gain a Huss Pirat ride when the dust settled after the currupt carnival he had run the park started neglecting the parks expenses (Utilities, Vendors, Employees) (That Pirat looked like a piece of junk when it was first delivered to the park, and it took till August to get it restored, but it looks like a brand new off the assembly line ride now)

While the Amusement Park thrived last season, Pugh stifled progress on Couch's Campers (which didn't settle well with Couch), and send the parks reputation into a nosedive as workers and vendors got stiffed. Better to close the place down for a while before you loose all credibility.

So this off-season, Couch has been at total freedom to devlop the new location of Couch's Campers into what he wants out of it. He even let some of the more trusted managers from 2002 take a stab at getting the park open. Apparently they suffer from the same problem Couch does, quite simply, through no fault of their own, they just didn't have what it takes to run an amusement park.

With all the money and pride Couch has invested in making LeSourdsville Lake a reality, he's not gonna let it die. I figure this summer he will have freedom of time to shop the park around to a new operator.

If Couch really bought the property just for the land, the park would have been torn down 3 years ago. But, as I recall, Couch relocated there with one of his goals to ensure the park wasn't destroyed. Sources tell me that Couch only hopes to break even on the amusement park.

As a custodian of anything, sometimes it just pays to take some time off.

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David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 1:10 PM
Thanks for the details Dave. I am right there sobbing next to everyone.... *sniff. Never thought one of my top 10's would suffer this much. One thing is for sure, it really makes you appreciate the smaller parks. We were lucky to get an unexpected chance to ride the Eagle again last year.

I hate to say it but there are other parks in the midwest region that are very close to this status. If you enjoy the quieter atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of large corporate parks, then please take time to visit Camden (in it's 100th year), Conneaut, Fun Spot, etc.
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Brad Sherman
The Headless Horseman awaits thee in 2003!
Arrowed!

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 1:17 PM
This REALLY makes me mad. This park was so small but it was one of the best in the world! If only it could have had a management system like HW's then it'd thrive and grow like crazy! Some one with some experience should step in....

:(

Atleast I got a few marathon's in on the Eagle last year...

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-Charlie Weingartner
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."

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Saturday, April 26, 2003 3:50 PM
Maybe the SE can be moved to Coney Island or Camden Park. I'd hate to see a classic woody sit and rot. Maybe some sort of campaign can be started to move it. I sure would contrabute.

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