Low Playland attendance sparks debate about funding the park

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Contributed by Jeff

County owned park has weak attendance this year, sparking a debate about its future. Some believe the county should not be in the business of operating the park, even though it does not currently require tax money to operate.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:01 AM

To me it's pretty simple.......having been there often in the past but refusing to go now.......it used to be a small parking fee and pay as you ride, so going to the park and spending a small amount of money was feasible but now with Pay One Price people are not going. There is not enough there to susatin a P.O.P.

It's a simple solution in my eyes.....go back to the old way......and invest in another medium sized coaster.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 5:58 PM

I too prefer the old system, but you can still get in as a non-rider for a few bucks. It is really annoying though, because they now have gates up everywhere, and you have to scan your wristband when you leave and enter.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:27 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Yep, changing to POP is why I won't go anymore. The only way they're getting me back otherwise is if I get to ride the wooden kiddie coaster.

AV Matt
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:02 PM
rollergator's avatar

^Matt, it is my *understanding* that all future enthusiast events are LIKELY to contain some ride time on the kiddie coaster. It is my intention to schedule a flight for the first event at the park in '10 to verify that this is indeed the case. The only wooden coaster I've encountered that I couldn't ride due to being...an "adult".

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:18 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

There was already an event this year that had ert on it.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:45 PM
rollergator's avatar

^Yes, but the flyer only mentioned Dragon Coaster ERT, and by the time I heard that the Kiddie Coaster would *possibly* be included, plans were already set in stone for travel elsewhere. As God is my witness, I will get a lap on that thing...sometime. LOL! :)

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:34 PM

Rumor has it, Gator kidnaps kids, Walks on kids shoulders and bribes grandmas to ride kiddie coasters :)

As for Playland. I loved the park. Totally found it to be *Without the Flying coaster* to be the best traditional out there. Knoebels has more to do but the classic feel goes to Playland.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 6:00 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

rollergator said: The only wooden coaster I've encountered that I couldn't ride due to being...an "adult".

If only you hadn't flown Detla (dis)Connection that morning...

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:01 AM

They should also get rid of the height limit for the wild mouse coaster which I think is 6 feet. I don't think any of the Zamperla wild mouse coasters have that restriction (I know Morey's doesn't).

It barely seems like it is worth a stop for me if I was in the area just for the Dragon Coaster and the Zamperla flyer (which I have heard nothing but bad things about).

Friday, October 16, 2009 1:07 AM
LostKause's avatar

Are you saying that anyone under 6 feet tall (72 inches) is not permitted to ride the wild mouse there? That would eliminate half of the adults in my family right there.

I am pretty sure that you are mistaken, at least I hope so.

Friday, October 16, 2009 1:14 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I think he's saying the maximum height is 6 feet, LK.

Friday, October 16, 2009 6:36 PM

Yeah, anyone over 6 feet can't ride

Friday, October 16, 2009 6:57 PM
LostKause's avatar

Well, that would eliminate the OTHER half of my family. ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:07 AM

I was denied entry to the Wild Mouse there (I am 6'3"). Apparently, it is just because of the low roof in the station....

As for the park... you can still get smaller ride packages (buy points for rides). As for me, when my friends and I went this year (our first trip), we went for POP and spent the day there... rode everything many times over. I enjoyed it.


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