Sending an interesting link...

Friday, November 25, 2005 6:54 PM
Since I don't believe I can post links in here...I'm submitting this link to be posted...my parents stumbled across this park while driving through NJ recently, not 15-20 minutes from my house...it's unbelievable sometimes to think that once, a century ago, there were amusement parks and coasters all over the place...if I can post it here, well here it is...

http://amusementparknostalgia.com

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Friday, November 25, 2005 8:42 PM
Great link, I didn't know there were so many parks in the area. I wish they would have survived. I live in suburban Philadelphia and it's a boring area. Out of all of those, I would have liked to visit Willow Grove Park the most. It looks like a lot more fun that a boring mall (with no fun stores IMO since they got rid of the arcade)
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Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:07 AM
I wouldn't mind going to any of them, I think it would be fun to have a nice, well-kept, quaint park with a woodie in my neighborhood...that would make me a happy guy :)
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Sunday, November 27, 2005 6:11 AM
Is it true that the past owner of Chestnut Hill Park, Henry Auchy, joined with the past founder of willow Grove Park, to form PTC? I never knew that, thought it was interesting.
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Sunday, November 27, 2005 8:52 PM
Makes you wonder how some of the smaller (non-corporate) parks we have today managed to survive when so many other parks fell by the wayside. Or how parks like Hershey and Dorney emerged to become the "large" parks they are now. Years ago, neither was really that much larger than many of those parks mentioned on that site.

Funny that a city the size of Philly really has no local parks nearby. Guess they went through what other cities are doing now-- turning everything into office or retail space.

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone?" (The Joni version preferably)

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Sunday, November 27, 2005 10:57 PM

RatherGoodBear said:


Funny that a city the size of Philly really has no local parks nearby. Guess they went through what other cities are doing now-- turning everything into office or retail space.


Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening. Office complex after office complex and tons of shopping centers are opening up (how many Home Depot and Lowe's do you need within a few minutes of each other). I know there are lots of parks within 1 - 2 hours of the area which isn't that bad compared to some areas but I wish there was something more local. There is Sesame Place but I don't really count it since it's a place you can visit once every few years to go on the small coaster and water slides but not someplace you would get a season pass to unless you had young kids in your family. I was hoping that once the Willow Grove Naval Air Base closed someone would have the idea to build a park there since their is lots of room but I don't think it will ever happen. *** Edited 11/28/2005 3:58:18 AM UTC by YoshiFan*** *** Edited 11/28/2005 3:59:34 AM UTC by YoshiFan***

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