Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Most 58-year-olds are pondering retirement or feeling a little out of place in the world around them. Kiddie Park is the child that never grew up, and is happy to keep it that way. Little has changed since the West Side Cleveland amusement park opened in 1952.
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The dipper was my first coaster.
My kids first amusement was Kiddie Park.
good putt putt course too!
I remember going there as a kid. I grew up a couple of miles from there. Although my first coaster was actually at Shady Lake on the other side of town.
My first coaster too, and I was scared for dear life!
Little Dipper was my first rollercoaster as well, and like The Mole I too was scared for dear life. :)
I actually didn't think the park was around any longer since I was no older than 5 when I went there. I was really surprised when one day I clicked on RCDB and the random rollercoaster that came up was the Little Dipper. I sat there and said, well that looks familiar. Upon finding the coaster I showed my dad, who actually rode it with me that day, and he grimaced and grabbed his back. :P
I have always wondered if someone had the financial backing, could the long-term success of Memphis Kiddieland be duplicated??? Would it engage parents parents elsewhere in the country or is it simply a Cleveland tradition and thus that is the reason for its success?
The reason for its success is its limitation of scope. It is what it is, and it never tried to be more.
The thing I miss the most about MKP is the three bowling machines. 10c a game. That is a PENNY a FRAME!!!!!
I didn't realize the park was as old as me!!! I took my granddaughter on the Dipper last summer. It was quite a production for an adult to get into the cars, but I did it. She just screamed (not for joy) through the whole ride. I think she was scarred for life (I sure hope not)!!
The rideop even offered to stop it for us after the first trip. My son (her father) said to keep going, she'd be fine. Needless to say, that was the end of the day there. The dipper did bring back memories for me too.
It;s so good to see a park, a staple of everyone memories still standing strong and live on. with so many parks falling of the map it's good to still see one thriving.
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