Posted Sunday, December 2, 2001 8:31 AM | Contributed by Chitown
Whalom Park may be little more than a memory this week as the family that used to own it struggles to save it from auction. As a last ditch effort to save it, the carousel was auctioned off earlier this year piece by piece. The park first opened in 1893.
Read more from The Boston Globe.
Theme Park New England
SFNE 2002: Bigger is not always better. *** This post was edited by themeparkne on 12/2/2001. ***
I haven't been to Whalom Park in about eighteen years, although I live only thirty minutes away. To me it always had an image of being run-down and struggling. I moved on from my first rollercoaster rides at Whalom to "bigger and better things" with trips to most of the great theme parks in the east. However, as I read the Boston Globe article I remembered my times at Whalom Park and the family friend, who died this past year, who took my sister and I there. I read the article and whished that somehow they could save the park and restore those great old rides.
I am left with pleasant memories, but I also have a feeling of sadness because I am part of the problem. I don't want to see the park close permanently, but I haven't been a supporter of it for a long time, and I am probably a customer of whatever big box store will be built on that property.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for both Whalom and Americana this year, as the summer of 2002 seems like a "do or die" summer for both of these struggling traditional parks.
Lack of developable land? Poor babies. What do they expect? The earth to expand?
Time and time again, the things we enjoy and places we have a connection to are destroyed and lost and for no good reason at all. Why do we do this? Rip apart the most cherished parts of our communities only to replace them with something that nobody likes except for the priveleged few who go laughing all the way to the bank.
People are nostalgic for the picture book Norman Rockwell Main street but I doubt anybody will ever be nostalgic for a suburban commercial highway strip.
The whole thing disgusts me.
"It's a small price to pay to insure the American Way. It could be a national crisis if some land's un-subdivided. We all love urban sprawl so we gotta use it all. Use it all, Use it all. Fill it up with McDonald's and strip malls. Won't remember what we've lost if we use it all." Sally Shuffield - Use it all.
everything's better with a banjo *** This post was edited by millrace on 12/3/2001. ***
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