Saturday, August 9, 2003 9:37 PM
http://www.riverviewparkchicago.com/newspr.html

Well it looks like it might actually happen! As of August 4th, 2003. 85 acres have been purchased at an unknown location in Illinois to build RiverView 2. For those of you who don't know, Riverview 2 is a park that is being built and named after the famouse Riverview park, which sat at Western and Belmont in Chicago for years. I'v been following this story for a few years now and thought it was BS, but now with the land purchase I'm just not sure. What are your thoughts and feelings about this?
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The Demon He's gonna getchya!

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Saturday, August 9, 2003 10:36 PM
I think this would be great! My hopes are up now for it actually going to happen since the land purchase. It would be great becuase it would have the crowds at SFGAm lowered which would equal more coaster riding for me!

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Shockwave @ SFGAm R.I.P 1988-2002
Top 5 Coasters at SFGAm 1)RB 2)S:UF 3) DV 4)V2 5)Viper
Smell ya later!

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Saturday, August 9, 2003 10:54 PM
I actually thought this idea was dead in the water. If its progressing, that is a good sign. It would be great if they start construction, that they would completely clone Riverview to what it was so us younger generation folks could get a taste of why this park was one of the greatest amusement parks ever created.

As far as attendance being lowered at SFGAm due to this: I doubt it will happen. 2 other parks are already in the Chicago area. SFGAm, Kiddieland, and Santa's Village co-exist here.

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Arena football has arrived in the Windy City. Go "Chicago Rush"

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 5:15 AM
Having grown up only 4 blocks from Riverview, I would love to see this happen. I'd be one of the first people in line. ------------------
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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Sunday, August 10, 2003 5:48 AM
If this goes through SFGAm will have a little competition for once.

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TRoy

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 6:41 AM
I doubt that. I dont think Riverview is gonna have the kind of coasters SFGAm has. Theres not enough room, and that not what they want the park to have.. Theres not 85 acres for the park only. Theres parkiong, maitnence warehouses, and things like that. People wont stop going to SFGAm. It'll just be one other to visit in th summer.

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Top 5 SFGAm Coasters: 1) Deja Vu, 2) Raging Bull, 3) V2, 4) Batman: The Ride, 5)AE Blue
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Sunday, August 10, 2003 6:46 AM

Chitown said:As far as attendance being lowered at SFGAm due to this: I doubt it will happen. 2 other parks are already in the Chicago area. SFGAm, Kiddieland, and Santa's Village co-exist here.

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Arena football has arrived in the Windy City. Go "Chicago Rush"


Yes, thats true but I meant if River View 2 were installed it would be a MAJOR park unlike Kiddie Land or Santa's Village which would draw lager crowds and MIGHT draw less crowds to SFGAm.

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Shockwave @ SFGAm R.I.P 1988-2002
Top 5 Coasters at SFGAm 1)RB 2)S:UF 3) DV 4)V2 5)Viper
Smell ya later!

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 7:20 AM
At 85 acres it is not going to be a major park. It may in fact have the opposite effect and bring more people to SFGAm. You could have people decide to take a trip to Chicago to see both parks that wouldn't normally have gone to Chicago at all.
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Sunday, August 10, 2003 7:27 AM
The GP doesnt usually take trips just for an amusement park other than CP and sometimes SFMM.

Both Riverview II and SFGAm are outside of Chicago. People who go to Chicago arent always here for the parks. Why? Because they arent world renound (sp?) parks. And if they do go to a park, they'll go to SFGAm. the addition of another park doesn't mean that ALL the nearby parks are gonna have attendance increases.

Look at SFWOA. Its somewhat close to CP and PKI, and its attendance is DOWN 12%.

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Top 5 SFGAm Coasters: 1) Deja Vu, 2) Raging Bull, 3) V2, 4) Batman: The Ride, 5)AE Blue
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Sunday, August 10, 2003 8:58 AM
Does anyone know the size of SFGAm? I thought it was around 100 acres, but I wonder if they include the parking lot. I wonder what the rides will be like at Riverview 2. Some of the rides built back in the day of the first Riverview might not be able to be built because of saftey regulations.

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The Demon He's gonna getchya!

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 12:18 PM
I remember hearing that the park (as in the ride area) is about 94 acres and that the whole property is over 300 acres. that may include the land on the other side of the expressway though.

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Top 5 SFGAm Coasters: 1) Deja Vu, 2) Raging Bull, 3) V2, 4) Batman: The Ride, 5)AE Blue

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Monday, August 11, 2003 8:11 AM
85 acres is to small to be a major amusement park? I believe the original Riverview had 70 something acres and they had about 10 coasters at one time.

Although they probably didn't have a very extensive parking lot as an urban park like that can rely more on public transport.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 8:20 AM
I just hope they resurrect the BOBS! :)

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The Demon He's gonna getchya!

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Monday, August 11, 2003 8:55 AM

SFGAMNUT9302 said:
I just hope they resurrect the BOBS! :)

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The Demon He's gonna getchya!


Just so long as it is TRUE to the original and not the whimped down version "Raging Wolf Bobs" at SFWoA.

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Zero G Thrills - Moved and Improved

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Monday, August 11, 2003 9:57 AM
I would love to see this happen. We could always use another theme park in the area. Plus this could be a great place to have smaller more compact coasters that SFGAM wouldn't build because of the high visability of the Six Flags name. I would love to see a load of wooden coasters that intertwin within one another. Hope this happens.

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BMCOASTER

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Monday, August 11, 2003 10:47 AM
Awesome! Now if only Des Moines could rebuild its Riverview Park.
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-Matt in Iowa
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Monday, August 11, 2003 10:52 AM
If any of you own or have read the book "The American Roller Coaster," there is a two-page spread with a huge picture of Riverview. Talk about an amazing looking park...

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Whenever you can ride a roller coaster and experience 15 spots of intense airtime, you know you're on a good coaster. (see: Phoenix)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:43 PM
Sadly, the developer, Brian Heywood, who purchased the 85 acres for Riverview II was murdered last week


http://www.riverviewparkchicago.com/newspr.html

Although I always felt Riverview II (if ever built)would only be a shadow of the original, this puts the entire project in doubt.

Mike

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Laugh your troubles away at Riverview, the world's largest amusement park.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003 3:29 PM
I was kind of looking forward to riding the Bobs (if they resurrect it) my parents and grandparents once rode. I was also looking forward to seeing what kind of rides and roller coasters they would build to attract people like myself who were born way after Riverview closed.

Who knows someone might take over the project and build it. We just have to wait and see

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003 5:08 PM
This is terrible news... I had lots of doubts about the whole project, but with this unfortunate incident, the project is all but dead.

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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