Part of Wyandot Lake may be relocated

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 7:34 PM
I'll submit this to news when the local media actually puts something substantive on their sites...

Just heard on the news here in Columbus that "up to 30 percent" of Wyandot Lake Amusement Park may be relocated to a different part of the property. The move would make way for a 5-lane realignment of Powell Road/SR 750 to intersect with Riverside Drive at Glick Rd near the parking entrance.

Based on the layout of the park, I am guessing that this would probably involve moving the entire picnic grove, kiddyland, Christopher's Island (a water attraction like CP's 2004 addition), and the food service and catering warehouses - in other words, the entire southern third of the park.

This is being strongly pushed by the adjacent Columbus Zoo in order to allow them to connect and expand to property that they own on the other side of the existing Powell Road. ODOT is pushing the plan to improve safety along that portion of RIverside Drive. Local residents from the affluent village of Powell expressed concerns about increased traffic and the nearby Wedgewood golf/country club.

Wyandot Lake is a Six Flags Property.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 5:53 AM
Actually, I thought the concern was that it's not only a chunk of Wyandot Lake...primarily the picnic grove...but an even bigger chunk of the Safari Golf Course that would have to be moved.

At the moment, Glick Rd. connects at an angle with Powell Rd. at a point directly opposite the picnic grove. The really bad part is that there is no way to straighten that connection because Glick Rd. runs across the top of a dam. If Powell is re-routed to meet Glick, it would be OK so long as they leave a jog in there. But if they re-route Powell so that it aligns with Glick, the road will have to run right through the midway!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:22 AM
I suggest they relocate Wyandot Lake to the old Northland Mall site.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:34 AM
Only if they bring the coaster along! But yes, I think that's an excellent idea.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:35 AM
Here's an aerial map of the area ...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 7:41 AM
And here's the Northland Mall site, sitting empty for almost a year now. You can see it'd be a nice fit.

You can almost see my house in that pic.

EDIT: Crap. Someone please tell me how to do links neatly and I'll fix that. [hopefully this corrected it.]chitown

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*** This post was edited by Den 9/10/2003 11:42:15 AM ***
*** This post was edited by Den 9/10/2003 2:13:27 PM ***

*** This post was edited by Chitown 9/10/2003 10:39:08 PM ***

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:13 AM
Den, not sure exactly how it works, but I've seen some of the techno-geeks around here use the www.makeashorterlink.com website. ;) Stupid geeks!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 9:55 AM
Den,

When entering your message, highlight the text to be your link like I did above ("an aerial map") the click on the nifty button Jeff put in labeled "URL", put the long, nasty URL in there and Presto! You have a nice neat link!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 10:04 AM

RideMan said:But if they re-route Powell so that it aligns with Glick, the road will have to run right through the midway!

Yes, and that means GOOD bumper cars will return to the park! :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 10:14 AM
Hmm, I don't get any URL buttons.... for c-buzz club members only, perhaps?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:13 AM
Are you using Microshaft Exploder? I mean Microsoft Explorer?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:25 AM
uh, yeah. sorry. :|

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:51 AM
Are you sorry you are using Exploder or sorry you are not? ;)

I must say I am getting to the point where I am sorry I am...one of these days I am going to try Opera...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 2:48 PM
Opera is nice...at least v6.x is on Windows. Opera on the Mac is pretty much crap, (but on the Mac you can use Camino and Safari) and Opera 7 behaves strangely on some sites...I think it has some ActiveX support that 6.x lacks.

Hmmm...I think I can find my Grandmother's house in Den's map. My house is three clicks to the South.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 2:53 PM
Maybe this is the event that will finally bring some much needed new rides to Wyandot Lake!

Northland Mall would be an excellent location and would probably make some Zoo employees happy. Some of them have expressed utter disgust about the very existence of Wyandot Lake.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 2:56 PM
I like the bumper cars, It's like driving a skid steer loader.

I will hae to say tha on my first visit last week I was impressed with the park. Very tiny, but a very neat atmoshhere. I would hate to see that ruined.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:09 PM

RideMan said:


At the moment, Glick Rd. connects at an angle with Powell Rd. at a point directly opposite the picnic grove. The really bad part is that there is no way to straighten that connection because Glick Rd. runs across the top of a dam. If Powell is re-routed to meet Glick, it would be OK so long as they leave a jog in there. But if they re-route Powell so that it aligns with Glick, the road will have to run right through the midway!


Glick Rd actually meets Riverside (I think that's what you meant) at nearly a 90-degree angle, thanks to some work done some time ago. To align with the intersection though, the new Powell Rd. would have to make a northwestward turn to align with the intersection (see the aerial photo posted earlier). This would spare the midway but destroy the picnic area, which IMO is a very nice thing about the park (lots of trees, elevation changes, etc.). I'll see if I can patch together a map based on the brief glimpses I saw on the news.

And I think you're right about Safari being the golf course in question (there are so many around there :))... but it is owned by the Zoo and has been rumoured for years to be, shall we say, "expendable" (not to be confused with expandable).

For those who don't know, the land that WL sits on is also owned by the Zoo...


Oh yeah, hey Den - fix your link so I don't have to scroll horizontally!!!!1111!!11 See how easy it is! ;)

EDIT: See a crude map of the area with overlays here
SECOND EDIT: Thanks Den, er, I mean Chitown! ;)


*** This post was edited by jimmybob 9/10/2003 11:21:05 PM ***

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:45 PM
The Safari Golf Club is also owned by the Zoo. I think they acquired it as a "land bank" for future expansion. The Zoo now owns all of the undeveloped land in the area. I think their next big project is an "African Plains" section after the rerouting of the roads is complete.

It would be a shame to lose that picnic grove. Wyandot Lake, as small as it is, has a lot of charm and the big old shade trees contribute a lot to the atmosphere.

I have yet to try out the new bumper cars. I've never been a fan of those "skid-steer" cars but they can't be much worse then the ones they replaced!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 7:46 PM
jimmybob, you're right...Glick and Powell don't meet at all right now; they both intersect with Riverside Drive at opposite ends of the Zoo.

I was looking at the aerial photos today. They put that nice bend in Glick Road which, as you point out, would allow New Powell Rd. to cut through either the golf course or the picnic grove and go around the back side of the parking lot. If it weren't for that bend they added to Glick Rd., the straight shot from there would just barely miss the coaster.

Wyandot is a nice park, or at least it can be. But it desperately needs *additional* rides. I still don't understand why gaining the Tilt-A-Whirl required the removal of the Rock-O-Plane.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:14 PM
WL is a nice park, suffering from problems...

1) It's a little fish in a big sea of parks owned by a struggling corporation.

2) It suffers from a lack of "freshness" - rarely does it receive anything new (they only received something "new" this year due to a fire). Even though they are known primarily as a water park, when is the last time a major water attraction was built? It has been a long time...

3) As mentioned above, they are basically surrounded by (and located on) Zoo property. The Zoo has its own quite extensive expansion plans, while Wyandot Lake has been quietly squeezed in its little niche since the mid 80's. They can expand on their existing footprint (old mini-golf course, perhaps a part of the Grove), but refer back to problem #1.

The picnic grove is a major attraction for WL in that it is a selling point for corporate events, and even smaller private parties. It is also a focal point during the September buyouts. I fear that removing this beautiful area of the park would practically seal the doomed fate of the park - given their parent's track record, I just don't see that section being replaced at all :(

Criminy, enough doom and gloom... who's up for a spin on the "new" bumper cars?! :)

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