Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The planned sheriff’s sale of Conneaut Lake Park has been postponed until at least December, if at all, according to Crawford County officials. The park was scheduled to go on sale today, but the state attorney general’s office filed a motion with the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to stay the sale of the amusement park so that preliminary objections could be heard by a judge.
Read more from The Post-Gazette.
From the article:
"Mr. Turner said in June that the park must become a 12-month business rather than only operating during summer months to achieve self-sufficiency."
How? I can't imagine the weather in western PA is that much different than here in western NY, and there's no shot at a park running 12 months here...
More parks are beginning to run Christmas stuff - extends the season from Halloween until New years. Not sure how that helps Conneaut, unless Swiss Miss starts a program akin to Pepsi's Refresh...say, a Reheat Grant? Warmer Upper?
CLP had a Christmas event of sorts one year. I think it was mainly just trees of all themes in the hotel. Their Ghostlake is incredible--I know people travel from outside the area to attend.
I think when they say year round they are talking about a convention center and indoor spaces for concerts and events.Last edited by jml142, Friday, November 7, 2014 8:05 PM
Many small parks offer a Christmas light exhibit. There's something.
I think the biggest problem CLP has being a 12 month park is its location. Summer can make sense. People will travel for a day trip. And maybe it works for Halloween as a haunted house. But, in winter, it's not exactly near major metropolises. Pittsburgh is about 1:45 away, as generally is Erie. Cleveland is about 2 hours away, so it's not like people will buzz down for an afternoon easily. From a "convention" standpoint, I don't really think the park has much indoor facilities any more.
I agree -- CLP being a successful year-round destination is, well, unlikely. If it were located on the outskirts of a major metropolitan area, maybe. Where it's located.... I just don't think so.
I'm sentimental enough to lament the loss of any classic amusement park... but pragmatic enough to think it's time for CLP to, in effect, sing "I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before we know it, comes the time we have to say, 'so long' ".
The park is not just in a bad location, but during the winter, the weather out that way is atrocious. They're seemingly pedaling uphill to do something that just doesn't make sense. I wish this park didn't have to close, but I think they should probably give up the ghost. I hope for the best for them in any case.
Conneaut is sort of like a drinking bird. Just when you think it's finally dead, it rises for one more round. And when it rises, I smile admirably, because clearly some must really love the park to keep pushing forward.
If it opens in 2015, I'm going to make my first trip there in support (on a rainy day to be safe).
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