New DC park!

Sunday, September 23, 2001 8:57 AM
I was watching the news the other day, and they said that area officials are going to re-open Glen Echo amusement park in Washington, DC. They are going to add new coasters, and restore Coaster Dips, an old classic!
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 9:06 AM
and i was just in dc a few weeks ago... :(
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 9:08 AM
Awesome! A park that's 30 minutes away!
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 9:09 AM
Awsome!
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G.Bush:We will find those who did it, smoke them out of their holes, get them running, and bring them to justice.
I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 9:12 AM
anyone have a website? I can't find the park/coaster on RCDB.
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G.Bush:We will find those who did it, smoke them out of their holes, get them running, and bring them to justice.
I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 9:34 AM
where in DC is this park and how many coasters were there when it was closed?
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 10:35 AM
PKDStar01: Which channel did you see this news on? I want to check their website.
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 12:02 PM
Glen Echo has been under control of the National park Service since 1971. The offical web site is http://www.nps.gov/glec/
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 12:07 PM
Rescure, thanks!

wow, this looks pretty good!

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Sunday, September 23, 2001 1:39 PM
glen echo had four coaster when it closed:

Coaster Dips (Wooden out and back)

Flying Scooter (Similar to AirRace, suspended with airplane cars)

Cuddle Up (Virginia Reel)

Comet Junior (Junior Woodie)

They are adding new coaster(s?) for the re-opening. I (sadly) wasn't ALIVE in the era of Glen Echo, but my dad was a "Coaster Dips fanatic" If only they had coasterbuzz back then...

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Entrance admission: $38
Souveniers: $16
Riding Flight of Fear 7 times in a row: Priceless

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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:06 PM
On some website, they have a RCT recration of that. RCT Station, maybe??
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:16 PM
Their website doesn't seem to mention still having the coaster. Are you sure it's still there?
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:36 PM
This site has a "video" of Coaster Dips.
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:41 PM
I hope they bring back the Virgina Reel. Those rides look like a lot of fun!
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:52 PM
Yeah RCT STaion has a re creation of Glen Echo. It looked alright for it's time.
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:53 PM
So it's still there? (dips)
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 3:42 PM
I believe that the only remains of the original park are the original merry go round, the Spanish Ballroom, the main gate and the midway buildings. I haven't been by there in a while but I also seem to remember the original bumper cars (Dodge 'Em) building was still standing. Most of the events that are held there these days are arts & crafts festivals, big band dancing in the Spanish Ballroom, etc. Its hard to imagine that the National Park Service would be involved in running an amusement park or that they would turn over or sell the property to a private investor who would operate one, but stranger things have happened. It would be cool to see one of the old "trolley parks" reincarnated.

*** This post was edited by Rescue131 on 9/24/2001. ***

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Sunday, September 23, 2001 3:53 PM
Is there still a Virginia Reel coaster running in the US?  Sweet!
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 4:23 PM
I don't believe that there is an operating Virginia Reel anywhere in the world today.  I'm certian that there isn't one in the US.
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 5:39 PM

I would like to clarify what obviously is wishful thinking. Glen Echo is a National Park, run by the National Park Service. Recently, it was granted a most generous donation, and the buildings and grounds are scheduled for restoration, the restoration does not include re-installing the coasters.

For the record, 

the CUDDLE UP is not a coaster.

nor is the FLYING SCOOTERS

Coaster Dips, the largest coaster to run at Glen Echo is gone, there are only a few traces of the ride still hiding in the woods, they're crumbling pieces of footers, and steel from the track top.

Coaster Dips began as a side friction smaller coaster of the same name, and as thrills became more wild, it was retrofitted. with new track and nearly doubled in height.

Clara Bartons house is also on the border of the property.

 

Coaster Zombies has scheduled a tour of the park for October 7th at 10 or 11am

 

see www.coasterzombies.org for further details.


SAM
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