Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:22 AM
No one has mentioned the future of Whalom Park in quite some time, and was wondering if anyone has heard anything regarding what will come of the place? Did the "Whale" thing flop? Is the land still slated for redevelopment?
Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:30 AM
I guess they are still trying to keep it, as I have heard no news and my money has not been returned yet from my two Whale purchases.
Its only $50 a Whale, ya'll.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:59 AM
I suppose that no news is good news in this case?
Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:43 AM
Last time I drove by, most of the rides were still there, but it looked bad, even worse than it usually does. No maintenance at all is being done. I haven't heard any new news lately though, and I used to live about a half-hour away.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:09 AM
The save whalom website hasn't been updated since January. The Whalom Park Carousel website hasn't been updated in several years. There's been no news in the local papers (Fitchburg Sentinel).
I think several rides have been sold, the ballroom was torched and I heard somewhere that the current park owners want the carousel owners to remove the carousel. Is it true that Little A-Merrick-A procured the the chain and some other mechanical parts from the Flyer Comet?
All I know for sure is that they still have my whale money!
Ripple Rock Amusement Park
Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:27 AM
I think this park will slowly fade away. Things have been removed bit by bit. The coaster hasent run in three years, and we all remember that it took $100,000 to get the Screechin Eagle running after a 3-year wait. And Mass. gets much worse winters than Southern Ohio does.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:30 AM
As sad as it is it looks like the end is unavoidable for this park. I just hope that some of the classic rides end up somewhere else with a chance for some more years of operation.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:23 AM
I admire the efforts of everyone who tried to save the place, but as time passes, I get less and less optimistic about Whalom. It sounds like the area doesn't care about it. The rides are being sold off, sometimes piece by piece, and the ones that remain are slowly deteriorating. Its sad- very sad- but I have a feeling that Whalom Park is gone.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:24 PM
The carousel was removed during the winter of 2002, as I recall.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:36 PM
Hopefully I can see what is left when I visit in August. They still have my whale $ too, but it's pretty obvious that I'll get that back (unfortunately). I really wanted to ride that Tumble Bug.......
"How DARE you reduce my finely-honed thespian styling to.......mere Mother Goosery!"
- Stewie, Family Guy
Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:44 PM
Let's hope a company, like Kennywood Entertainment, buys the Flyer Comet, and transplants it to a good park, like Idlewild, what ever condition it is in. I also hopes a company buys the classic flats and puts them in a park that will give them a good home.
My mind works in strange ways. Yeah with a chain driven lift hill and gravity.
Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:07 PM
Unfortunatly, it's cheeper to build a new coaster like the Flyer Comet than to remove and re-errect it elsewhere.
Friday, June 20, 2003 4:56 AM
has been updated with an article from the Fitchburg Sentinel.
No earth shattering news, seems like everyone is still waiting out the developer who has a purchase agreeement.
Ripple Rock Amusement Park