RiverView Park

Saturday, November 30, 2002 12:52 PM
Does anyone know why RiverView Parkin Chicago closed in 1967? I saw a video on it, and it looked pretty good and popular.

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Saturday, November 30, 2002 2:14 PM
The land was worth more than the park was. Developers bought out the owner and that was that. http://www.riverviewparkchicago.com/

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Saturday, November 30, 2002 6:43 PM
What I thought would have been awesome at SFGAm, was if they put in a River View teritory in SW's spot and had 1 or 2 old River view coasters lik the bobs and the blue streak re-built and a few River view flats and some classic River view theming instad of a common run of the mill suprman coaster.
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Saturday, November 30, 2002 7:06 PM

Just like PKI has the Coney Mall section, it would be exceptionally cool of SFGAm to have an "Old Riverview"...it would be a nice tribute. For that matter, how about a Palisades Park retrospective at SFGAdv...lots of places have parks of historic significance that have been lost...:(

A couple rides and some nice historical stuff, like the Lost Kennywood area....nice ideas, I'd love to help make them happen...:)

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Saturday, November 30, 2002 7:41 PM

I relly think that a "Old RiverView" area at SFGAm would have been an awesome idea!I would have loved it if a Rivrview area replaced SW instead of Superman.Dont get me wrong, i cant wait for S:UF! I love flying coasters alot, but IMO I think it is a bad replacement for SW. I would have much rather seen a River View themed area or something like monster 4-d or floorless or a smoother mega looper replace SW and seen Superman go over by the go carts and dig up some parking lot over their.

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Saturday, November 30, 2002 7:41 PM

Its wierd how this is the only park that I miss but never set foot in. (Park closed in '67', Chitown born in '71') :)

It would be cool if SFGAm created a small recreation of Riverview. Heck, SF owns Riverview's carousel which is located at SFOG. They even have it named.... 'Riverview Carousel'. Yes folks, even SF recognizes this once great park by giving the carousel the name of which it used to reside at.

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2 superheroes in Gurnee next season? Oh the humanity. :)

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Saturday, November 30, 2002 8:27 PM
Hehe, love your carousel Chitown (of course, I loved TidalViperWave too, lol)....SFoG *does* recognize that the Carousel came from Riverview and we did check out the plaque on the passholders' appreciation day. Since all the coasters (save B:TR) were single-training, we took the opportunity to check out some of the more *interesting* tidbits at the park...including our first ride in Monster Plantation in quite awhile...:)
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Sunday, December 1, 2002 7:23 AM
Does any one know where some of the Riverviews coasters went?

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Sunday, December 1, 2002 7:38 AM

SFGA 11 said:
Does any one know where some of the Riverviews coasters went?


They were all destroyed with the park. There was an auction, but only some of the trains were bought. Adventureland in a Chicago suburb bought the trains from The Fireball, Flash and Bobs and had them on display in the park for a few years. The Fireball and Jetstream PTC trains eventually ended up on Thunder Road at Carowinds, but were removed because their weight caused the structure to deteriorate too quickly.

Too bad ACE wasn't around in 1967 to try to preserve some of our coaster history.

Mike

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Sunday, December 1, 2002 8:05 AM

Check out the Rollback. 35 years ago today, Chicago lost so much.

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Sunday, December 1, 2002 3:00 PM
It would be a great idea for SFGAm to put in an Old Riverview section and recreate some of the great rides that were there. I would love to have the opritunity to ride the Bobs. Maybe if enough people wrote about it SF may actually think it as a good idea. Who knows, but I figure it is worth a try.

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