Ride the Hillcrest Little Dipper!

Friday, March 7, 2003 10:42 AM
For those who've never heard of it, the Little Dipper at Hillcrest Park (southwest of Chicago) is a PTC/Schmeck ACE coaster classic which is a mirror clone of the Little Dipper at KiddieLand in Chicago.
The problem is, Hillcrest is a private picnic park like Stricker's Grove, except it's NEVER open to the public at all.
However, I just learned from the National Amusement Park Historical Society's website that they're having an event (open to all enthusiasts, they say) on July 25th at both Kiddieland AND Hillcrest park. Finally, a chance to ride the Hillcrest Little Dipper!!
http://www.napha.org/calendar.html
The sad end to this story, though, is that I'll be in Virginia for a wedding thast weekend. AAAAAH! Oh the humanity.
Thought the rest of you would like to know.
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Friday, March 7, 2003 10:55 AM
Thanks much for the info. I will be there. (As long as I can get off of work.)

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Friday, March 7, 2003 7:43 PM
Thanks for the tip. We had the pleasure of riding this coaster last August during a day I dedicated to kiddie parks in the area.

On another note, my recent issue of ACE news indicates that 2003 will be the final year for Hillcrest (unless that has changed and I didn't know it)....so that's another reason to go! It's a beautiful little park set in the woods, with an amazing RR trestle that greets you as you enter.
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 8:25 AM
Great! That park is right down the street from me. I will definately try to make it. I was there once as a little kid. It will be great to go back.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 8:41 AM
I wonder why this would be the last year for the park....it seemed to be doing very well finacially.

I wonder if the land value is too valuable, and the owner wants to cash in....

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