It begins with:
"Financial advisors were brought in to look at the books and try to help the park, but the news wasn't good."
and ends with:
"A lot of changes will likely be needed to keep this historical amusement park open."
I'm not exactly known for my love of preservation, but speaking honestly, I'm wondering if CLP is just no longer a viable business.
IIRC, it was a donation last year that allowed them to opperate. You obviously can't count on that year after year. And unless something that has happened recently I think that land is still for sale. With the economy the way it was I can understand why it didn't sell when they put it up. However the economy seems to have picked up over the last year or so.
Who knows if that will even be enough though. It has to be more than just enough to opperate, or they'll be in the same boat next year. They need to be able to pay down some of their debt. Does any one remember what the debt was? 2 million? And what were they asking for the land? *** Edited 1/29/2007 4:21:09 AM UTC by Jason Hammond***
IIRC city streets run through the park.
I'm just glad that the last couple years, I've actually gotten off my a** and gotten over there. Blue Streak is just the sweetest coaster. Rickety, paint peeling, no seat dividers or lap bars, just you and gravity. It's a cliche, but they truly don't make them that way anymore. We'll all be the poorer when this place is gone, whether we know it or not. :(
When you have a restaurant in your park that loses approx 2,000 bucks a day and no one realizes it, you have problems. I remember reading a few years ago that the park purchased a new accounting program that would prevent this kind of error from occuring.
How much did that land sell for?
also: http://www.meadvilletribune.com/local/local_story_028230819.html?start:int=0 *** Edited 1/29/2007 2:52:01 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
I mean, look how well it worked for Myrtle Beach Pavilion...
Edit: If this place closes, it's not my fault - I think I dropped close to $100 between ride tickets and merchandise. :) *** Edited 1/29/2007 3:11:08 PM UTC by dannerman***
I don't see this being the end for the park. There are people behind the place that are obviously supporting the park in unspeakable ways and since it seems to hang on every year, I see it opening for 2007. At least I hope...
No, I don't mean the karaoke booth, LOL.
I hate to admit it, but I'm kinda with Gonch on this - I doubt the park will last more than another year or two... :(
Can I put in now that Blue Streak, Devil's Den *and* Grandma should be relocated in case of park failure...along with the Bug. Have to wonder about the fate of the Erieview dark ride in case Conneaut DOES go under.
Where have I heard that before? ;)
No idea what the park can do. I do think it's the area the park is in that's dying more than the park itself.
Location, location, location!
And the location of CLP seems to me to be a dying, seasonal, very localized, weekend getaway style town.
But what do I know. I'm not a resident Pennsylvanian anymore, so I have no business making such accusations, I suppose. :)
Enthusiasts will always get to the parks. And this is another case of proof that enthusiast love & support doesn't mean squat. The GP makes or breaks a park.
I don't know what they do as far as fireworks, festivals, or craft shows, but it seems like that is where they need to start. And follow up the shows with open rides, and stocked food and drink stands. They should allow pets as well. Be less restrictive and more fun.
This is what I've been saying for years. All of the peace, love and good will won't change that. Location really is a significant portion of the issue, not to mention that people like to spend their disposable income in shiny new places. I don't have any real evidence to back that up, but even for an amusement park fan like me, I've yet to see anything compelling enough to get me there. If you can't get me there, how do you get the general public there?
It is obviously not a viable business.
It's true that lakeside resorts are a disappearing part of the American landscape, although Conneaut Lake has something that most do not- an amusement park. If the amusement park were to evolve into something more than just an amusement park- perhaps a proper waterpark, venue for concerts (outdoor, indoor or both) and restaurants with entertainment, the future for the park would be brighter. But like I said, that takes money and then some more money to spread the word.
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