Riverview Park to be rebulit?

Tuesday, December 11, 2001 9:24 AM
My friend told me about this website awhile ago. Originally, they were going to rebuild Riverview in Calumet City, but now they changed it to Dalton. Go to the site and read about it. It's the 2nd story down. http://www.riverviewparkchicago.com/newspr.html;$sessionid$YVQRQ5QAAJOMYP5MFMLETIR53QVSNPX0
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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 9:35 AM
There seems to be a lot of this going around. First Buckeye Lake and now this.

It's all very interesting but I'd be happy to just be assured of a safe future for Americana and Whalom.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 10:06 AM
Did you submit this as a news item? If you didnt then please do!
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"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL
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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 10:55 AM
Ouch, I don't know about that neighborhood.  I grew up in Dolton and it ain't like it used to be.  Well, maybe it would improve with an attraction like this.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 11:04 AM
Just what the doctor ordered, another amusement park in the greater Chicago area!  Here is hoping that this will go off!

Cheers,

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Bob Hansen

"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"
kickthesky@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 11:42 AM
What also makes it ideal is that it would be constructed in the southern suburbs. SFGAm is in the far north suburbs. This way they would be about an hour and a half apart from eachother(estimate).

I read about this almost a year ago as far as the developers wanting to set up shop in Calumet City but their was constant problems stalling the plans. Maybe Dolton will see differently and realize this could mean big tax revenue.

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"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 11:45 AM
Lord knows the southern suburbs could use it.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 2:24 PM
This is gonna sound sort of wierd, but I hope this does *not* happen. While I'm all for another park in the Chi area, I just dont want to see the Riverview name "tainted". I mean, if they do it right, like getting the ORIGINAL plans for the Bobs/Greyhound/Fireball and getting GCI/CCI/RCCA/(Intamin?) to do them, then it would be cool. But I have a feeling that to be competitive, they would have to be an "updated" version of everything. And for some reason, that doesnt sit well with me.

It's kinda like the planning people dont think their park is good enough to stand without the Riverview name. Now maybe they want to do the historical thing. If so, then great! But if it's going to be completely different, choose a different name!
jeremy
--just one man's opinion

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 3:33 PM
jeremy - I actually had thought of this as well. The area does need another park, but one that uses the Riverview name would have a lot to live up to. A bunch of my co-workers grew up in the area, and when Riverview comes up, it's apparent that the place was really much more than just an amusement park to them. Sticking the name Riverview on any old park wouldn't cut it, but hopefully the planners are aiming high.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 5:04 PM
I'm interested to see how it'll turn out. I'm sure they won't screw up bad. Speaking of Illinois parks, has anyone heard anything new on that Rockford park?

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 5:58 PM
Not much is floating around about the Rockford park as of late. The latest I heard is that they are going to start off small with go-karts and miniature golf and then work there way up over the years.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 11:36 AM
all i know is that when i mentioned this to a guy i work with, his face lit up like a kid on Christmas Day and he asked "Are they gonna have the same rides?"...

i for one would like to see a historical re-creation of Riverview. they closed the park the year i was born...

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Just call me MPG...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 11:49 AM
MPG, I agree with you and all the previous ones that said the Riverview name would have to live up to alot. Get out the historical plans and remake all the wooden coasters to say CCI standards. Also, try to make it feel like a traditional park even though it is brand new. Try to give the air that it was really around for 100 years. Use some old style architecture and design of various buildings. Maybe recreate some of the buildings that were at the original Riverview. That would be too cool.

Cheers,

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Bob Hansen

"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"
kickthesky@hotmail.com

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:23 PM
They should also try to hunt down alot of the original rides and structures that other people bought from Riverview. They could start with the carousel that is now operating at SFOG? or is it SFSTL?

They may have to pay a pretty penny to get some of it back but I think its well worth it.

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"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 1:40 PM
The carousel is at SFoG. The only other part of the park I know about is one of the Chute's boats which was destroyed in a tornado somewhere in IL I think.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 6:32 PM
There was also a magic mirror from Riverview that was at a nightclub in Palatine, IL.
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""An hour wait for a 2 minute thrill. Yes, we need our heads examined""
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 6:55 PM
How about us that live in the far western burbs? We have the most money to spend than any other area in the Chicagoland region. There is still plenty of room to build a park that is right off of I-88 just west of Rt 59 and around the old Popular Creek area on I-90. There is also the land near DuPage Airport that is still avaible when it was the 1st location for Chicagoland Speedway race track. The far western burbs are the fastest growing region of IL and there is PLENTY of room for a park that can be much bigger than SFGam. Its a shame that we don't have something out here as in coasters and such. Plus there isn't much to do as a teenager out here since its mainly baby boomers and Gen Xers comming in.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001 7:10 PM
The old Poplar Creek area is now owned by Sears so that option is out. Also in and around that area is mostly forest preserve so that is out to. I live in the western burbs also(Elgin) and if they were to build in that area that would be great but I really dont mind making the trek to SFGAm or Kiddieland. Hey, we have Santas Village in the western burbs. If they would just start expanding that park with some CCI's and more flats, that park would have potential.
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""An hour wait for a 2 minute thrill. Yes, we need our heads examined""
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 5:18 AM
Much as I would love to see this park be built, I am not optimistic.  $80m is a drop in the bucket compared to what it would take to do a good job of recreating Riverview.  Let them annouce they have financing, property and intend to recreate the Bobs, then I'll be excited.  Talk is cheap and IMO, this Riverview is just dream.

Mike

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 8:11 PM
The way things are now (big corporate parks, money making entrapenuers (I know I can't spell it), etc.) it would be tough to do it right.  Seems like the only group of people that would be able to pull it off is the Holiday World folks.  Makes sense, huh?!
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