Quassy survives economic uncertainty after four generations

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury estimates that about 232,000 people have visited the 106-year-old park so far this year compared with 200,000 for all of 2013. Besides the good weather this year, the park has also benefited from its recent investment of $5 million in infrastructure and new rides.

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It would be nice if the news story was one THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO BE A PAID SUBSCRIBER to read it! :(

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Yes, those pesky newspapers and their need to make money. Don't they know the interwebs are entitled to get their product free of charge?

You don't have to pay. Go back and actually read what is on the screen.

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If you don't want to mess with the free registration, try copying and pasting the link into Google, and click through the first search result. That should get you the full article without the registration popup.

It is a really pleasant little park, and Wooden Warrior is a remarkably solid ride despite its small size.

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..And they didn't have to rely on Pepsi, tax evasion or arson to accomplish it.

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The best part about that statement is that the Pepsi Refresh Project is lumped together with two felonious activities.

I second you Timchat2. Quassy is a quaint little park, and I've heard nothing but good things about Wooden Warrior, I look forward to riding it the next time in the area. (When I visited this park in 2010 Wooden Warrior was supposed to be up and running, unfortunately I understan construction was delayed because some neighbors were staging a N.I.M.B.Y fight with the park). Oh well, it isn't the only Coaster I've "Saved for seed".

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Growing up in Westchester, NY the "family day" for all the IBM offices was at Quassy. I remember many years wolfing down butter soaked corn so I could run off and spend the entire afternoon in the arcade (everything was on free play). I haven't been back since, and I'm sure it wouldn't live up to my memory of it, but some of my best memories of childhood were from that park. There's also a very good chance that my wife was there (her family also worked for IBM) and that we crossed paths long, long, long before we actually 'met.'
I would love to revisit the park some time and the fact that they added Wooden Warrior is just icing on the cake.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Wooden Warrior is a terrific ride, and I really liked their Yo-Yo. I made a stop there on my way to Canobie a few years back. That was my only visit. Oh, wait..Memorial Day, either last year or year before, my friend and I were surprised to arrive at Playland in Rye and find it closed. So we took a ride to Quassy..there was no indication on their website that the park was closed, but alas..it was.

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist


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Thank You. (and pardon the "Sour Grapes")

The article mentions how the park was run-down 15 years ago, and how the Manager turned things around and revived Quassy (In the early 1980s there was a guidebook that listed every amusement park in the country, at the back of the book was a list of parks the author marked as "Not Recommended"either because the park was decrepit and/or was located in a bad (Read High crime) neighborhood). Both Quassy and Lake Compounce had the misfortune of being on this "Blacklist", needless to say both parks have since made a remarkable turnaround, with visitors saying good things about the parks and their Roller Coasters. :)

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