Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007 9:08 AM | Contributed by Fun
Last month Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, addressed a letter to Cedar Fair chairman, president and chief executive officer Dick Kinzel asking the company to develop a plan for Geauga Lake's historic wooden roller coaster, The Big Dipper. In the letter Brown said he hopes company officials will keep the ride at its current location or have it moved to another site where it can continue to operate.
Read more from The Sandusky Register.
Geauga Lake does suck to get to. It's out of the way unless you live in Solon or points east. These lifestyle places tend to be more destination oriented and in the middle of a larger population. GL is not. It takes me ten minutes to get there from work, and that's in Solon. I can actually get to Legacy faster.
LOL, if you want to go that route then head to Chippewa Lake. That park closed in 1978 but their "Big Dipper" built in 1925 is still standing. It's pretty much part of the forest now but it's still there! :)
For most of my life, I lived on the western side of the state where lake effect snow doesn't really exist. Then, I came to college in Akron, which is not really even considered in the snowbelt.
The first thing I noticed about winter is that it seems to snow every day from December to March. Some days it will drop 2 inches, others it may drop 10 inches. Aurora is seriously in the snowbelt, and it may be possible for 15+ inches of snow to fall with a lake effect storm within a matter of hours. You're right Rob, it does snow in other parts of the country, but in very few places can such amounts of snow fall in such short amounts of time, and with very little warning. Lake effect snow warnings sometimes come about within 3 hours of the snow beginning to fall. At least most places in the country have the luxury of a couple days of notice before the storm hits.
All that said, what use is a shopping center themed around an amusement ride - and the centerpiece attraction can only be open 3-4 months a year?
I understand lake effect snow and what it means to the northeast Ohio/northwest Pennsylvania region but I still don't see it preventing people from patronizing the place as a shopping center. It's not like lake effect snow keeps people from going to Home Depot and Wal-Mart.
At best, Big Dipper would be much better off getting adopted by an amusement park. It would be fantastic if the new Hard Rock theme park at Myrtle Beach purchased the Big Dipper.
Instead of spending so much energy trying to prove why something like this *can't* work, maybe we should try to figure out how it *can*.
I think an enterprising FEC ought to take the opportunity to invest in some of the land around BD, and build a mini-park to fit the structure. Just capturing the clueless people who come to GL expecting the park to still be there could turn the bottom line from red to black.
Plus such a company could capitalize on the name. Although Cedar Fair owns the name "Geauga Lake" as a park name, it doesn't own the name to the lake. I imagine something like "Super Fun Time at Geauga Lake" might pass muster.
Such an FEC could tie directly into some upscale shopping/entertainment district on the site.
I don't know Jeff! I personally agree with you, but just a year ago in August "The Greene" opened in Beavercreek, OH, (Gonches stomping grounds). That place is challenging to get a parking spot in no matter what time of the year you go. Granted, it's Christmastime right now, but it's still 23 degrees, (currently), and that place is filled to capacity.
I know there's not a lot of love for the BD most times, but I love it, and hope it does stick around long enough for my kids to both ride it.
Southern Ohio and the Northeast Ohio snow belt is radically different in terms of weather. Ask Gonch, who complains the snow is inadequate there.
I have some extra snow Gonch can come and take...
Pending usually means it's not approved yet, right? It's also the name of a body of water. So, I highly doubt someone couldn't name a retail complex "The Shoppes at Geauga Lake".
I have a feeling the closing of the park might have some implication on Cedar Fair's rights to the name as well.
It would be nice if these new stories had a link to the new posts, like the forum does. Or even use the forum for discussion like Point Buzz does. :)
*** This post was edited by Morté615 12/11/2007 6:01:57 PM ***
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