Old Elitch Gardens thriving residential community

Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2002 4:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

When Elitch Gardens — the historic northwest Denver amusement park — was shuttered in 1994 as part of its move to the Central Platte Valley, neighbors wondered what would become of the 28-acre site that had been home to the Denver landmark for 100 years. Little remains of old park, but carousel house and theater have been saved. The site is now a mostly residential neighborhood.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 4:20 AM
Very cool, will be an awesome place to live. I wish I could rent out one of those apartments, imagine how much rent will go up for the people that live there when the theater is done.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 4:50 AM
Better than what they did with Opryland, in my opinion.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:00 AM

Wasn't that park moved due to space constraints?

Chuck, who says why move to another place that has the same problem????

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Charles Nungester.
Is it about coasters or friends? I say both!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:48 AM
The new park is closer to the redeveloped area near downtown. Right next to the new Pepsi Center and not far from Coors field. It is next to the river across from the aquarium. They had a bit more space but not really. Part on the parklot has already been turned in to space for the Wanna be coaster they installed this past summer. *** This post was edited by Otto on 12/4/2002. ***
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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 6:31 AM

The original site had ran its run. The park was being built on top of itself.

The new site is about 64 acres I believe with the parking lot. They don't have much space as Otto pointed out. They have proably 2 or 3 acres available behind Twister II, which is pretty much in-accessible to the public due to Twister II being in the way. They also have a picnic area that is probably 2 or 3 acres, but they don't seem to want to touch that.

I have driven by the old Elitchs many times since they moved, and have seen things go. I think it is good though that they are keeping the Carousel House and the Theatre. At least part of the old park will once exist.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 1:30 PM

I am very happy to hear this, I can rember the old Carousel very well, it use to be my favorite ride. The old theatre was also incredible, the architecture awsome. The old park had such a warm feeling, unlike the newer park, and the neighbrhood also has a warm feeling. To bad though that the Wildcat and the Logride couldn't be restored.

Never go to the new park its a load or cloned crap!!!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 3:18 PM
That was a little harsh.

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J.
Rap on a table, it's time to respond, send us a message from somewhere beyond.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 3:32 PM

Monto58-People like you make me laugh.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:27 PM

You're right J. You cut me deep Monto, you cut me real deep. ;)

Anyway, don't be so hard on the new park. We do our best. I know its not a Cedar Point or Magic Mountain, but we try.

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"Standing in line to see the show tonight and there's a light on, heavy glow, by the way I tried to say I'd be there."-The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 3:32 AM
Plus, the new park isn't really Elitch's. It has been owned by Premier(which is now SF) since 1996. If the park hadn't been sold who knows what the park would look like today.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 10:20 AM
I bet if it was still the only owners in the new location there would be even less then they have now because at least Premier has put some capital into the park. Don't get me wrong I liked the old park. But the new park is better then no park. I can't get out to Ohio but ever 2 or 3 years so it makes do in between
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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:03 PM
Didnt men to offen anyone but think about it in comparison veiw, at the old park there were trees galor (thje old park was like by choas at cedar point where it looked like few rides and lots of trees) , there were abunch of shaded stiing areas, fountains, and best of all some very original classic rides. Not to metion itt had Mary Elitches old house still up! Dont get me wrong the new park isn't that bad, but if you are lookng at it in that veiw it just doesn't seem nearly as fun.
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Thursday, December 5, 2002 1:04 PM

I kind of like the fact they moved. I mean, they did abandon two great rides as well as 100+ years of history. But if they had remained there we most likely wouldn't have an inverted coaster in Colorado. I mean, Sidewinder would still probably be the only coaster with an inversion in Colorado. Plus, you can still get a taste of classic theme park at Lakeside!

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