Posted Thursday, March 10, 2005 8:31 AM | Contributed by supermandl
El Paso's only amusement park is starting it's big move. Land across from the racetrack and casino is becoming a new Western Playland.
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Thursday, March 10, 2005 9:24 AM
I wonder if this means that the long-planned wood coaster will finally see the light of day?
Thursday, March 10, 2005 10:52 AM
Is there anything of significance (interesting historic buildings, etc.) that might not make the move? From the looks of things, the park has a pretty standard collection of rides and isn't terribly old so maybe it's not a concern.
I like how they say "El Paso's only amusement park" Wow, poor El Paso. They only have 1 amusement park. What a backwards hick town that is. Hey Rob, did that hear that one of Morristown's numerous non-existant amusement parks is planning on moving from their current non-existant site to a new, larger non-existant site? I heard it's because they are planning on building a non-existent roller coaster.
Thursday, March 10, 2005 3:51 PM
I don't recall any historic buildings at Western Playland. I hope this bodes well for eventual growth of the park.
Thursday, March 10, 2005 4:28 PM
Which one of Morristown's non-existant amusement parks are you referring to?
Non-existant amusement parks = non-existant fun!
Thursday, March 10, 2005 5:34 PM
This is a great move for that park. Peachy.
Friday, March 11, 2005 10:05 AM
I do not understand what Millrace is talking about. Morristown has a population of 19,000. The El Paso area has a population of 1.5 Million. Lots of cities smaller than El Paso have major parks. We've heard rumours that SFI wants build a park in El Paso. There is not another park for 300 miles in any direction. El Paso used to be small- not anymore. At it's current rate of growth it could soon top San Antonio or Dallas or Fort Worth proper. El Paso proper population is almost 600,000. Lots of $ there!
Friday, March 11, 2005 10:19 AM
I am saying that there are many places about the size of El Paso with NO amusement park so making a statement that Playland is El Paso's "only amusement park" sounds silly. When you think about it, most places have no amusement park and very few have more than one. And I'm not counting places like Great Adventure which like to count themselves as NYC or Philly parks because while it is close to those places it is NOT IN PHILLY OR NYC - not even the same state.
Friday, March 11, 2005 9:56 PM
I think the reasoning behind saying "El Paso's only amusement park" is because at one time we had 2.The now defunkt Magic Landing.I remember a time when western playland was saying they were going to move there. would be nice if someone would utilize that area for a new park anyhow seeing as the place western playland sits is in a crappy part of town surrounded by an oil refinery and juvinile detention facility, not to mention the area is straight up slums. im going there this weekend and ill post pictures of surrounding area so you can see what i mean.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 9:04 PM
Western Playland doesn't have much, but the closest park with a real coaster would be Cliff's Amusment Park, in Albuquerque, 250 miles away. I hope Western Playland get a great wooden coaster, or better yet, turns into a big theme park, then I could go there instead of people from Elpaso having to come here to ride a real coaster