Owner hopes that public stock offering will save Conneaut Lake Park

Posted Monday, August 13, 2001 7:59 AM | Contributed by Neil

Herbert Brill, the court-appointed trustee of Conneaut Lake Park is hoping to revive the park through a public stock offering.

Suffering from years of bad management and crooked owners, Conneaut is in desperate need of a revival. Brill is hoping that stock ownership offered to residents of Pennsylvania is the solution to help save this classic 109 year old park.

For more information, check out today's article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:12 AM
That's going to take a lot of money to fix their debt problem.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:20 AM
Hope everything works out!

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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:35 AM
So do I.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 9:04 AM
Sounds to me like some much-needed help has arrived in the form of Brill. If they get the legal situations straightened out without taking the park down, I think they'll stand a decent chance. I'd love to buy some stock if/when they get those messes cleaned up. A new ride, some advertising, and local support can go a long way!

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Monday, August 13, 2001 10:34 AM
I love that old park. Lots of good memories!! I hope things work out!

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Monday, August 13, 2001 2:58 PM
I was there last week with some friends. The Blue Streak is a great coaster and the Ultimate Trip is probably the best scrambler I've ever been on. The gum on Devil's Den was disgusting and I was miffed that the train broke for the day, but otherwise it was a nice historic park in the tradition of many Pennsylvanian parks like Knoebels, Kennywood, and Waldameer.
Monday, August 13, 2001 4:40 PM
OMG.........my first (and perhaps last) trip was in June. I loved Blue Streak. I mean loved it. It really put some inspiration into one of my current coaster models. And that indoor scrambler!! Plus a great yo yo, roll-o-plane, twister, and polo shirt!
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Monday, August 13, 2001 5:05 PM
Isn't the park owned by the town? Then how could they go down? Use taxes to keep it alive.
Edit: as for the hotel, couldn't they lease it to a company like Best Western? Income with no expense.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 5:32 PM
I think every coaster enthusiast who reads this must visit that park if possible, that indoor scrambler and Blue Streak make the trip worth it and I'd hate to see it closed down.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:50 PM
With Conneaut Lake as my home park, and all of the memories I have there, I'd truely hate to see this park go down. I go anymore, and everything is a virtual walk on, back about 10 years or so ago it was really flourishing, it was difficult to find a parking space, now I park in the front... on a Saturday. The park has already closed down for a year or two, when it opened back up they offered free admission to the park.

I'd give my right arm to save Conneaut.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:24 PM
I am willing to bet that ACE will do something very big with the park. This is only valid in PA and ACE is very big in PA as most people already know. Since this is the case and the President of ACE (as far as I know) lives in PA, I think that ACE will take a big part of this stock offering and possibly save the park from dying. The park is worth saving, too bad I do not live in PA anymore.
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 4:39 AM
ACE doesn't have money to save parks. The whole club has to operate off of $50 memberships. That's a quarter-million budget, and I wouldn't be surprised if most of that is spent on publications.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 5:15 AM
If ACE can raise enough money to save Leap the Dips, im sure they will do something to save this great park!
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 5:32 AM
The inverstors that they want are to be limited only to the Penn. area. As mush as i would love to help, I don't think they would allow it.

Jeez, they spent $60,000 just to "fix" the Ranger when they could have "bought" some older popular rides like a Rock-o-Plane and an old Zipper for that much.......

Note: The Ranger is coming down, from what a maintainence guy had told me.
And they are looking at a new Sky Wheel which I personally dissapprove of due to its cost and capacity
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:01 PM
Sign me up, I'll take a chance!

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