Conneaut Lake Park

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Conneaut Lake Park
CLP W Logo.png
Slogan"A traditional amusement resort with something for everyone!" and "Where the past becomes the future"
LocationConneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates41°38′08″N 80°18′54″W / 41.63556°N 80.315°W / 41.63556; -80.315Coordinates: 41°38′08″N 80°18′54″W / 41.63556°N 80.315°W / 41.63556; -80.315
OwnerTrustees of Conneaut Lake Park, Inc.
Opened1892
Previous namesExposition Park
Operating seasonMay to September
Area200 acres (0.81 km2)
Rides
Total29
Roller coasters3
Websitehttp://www.conneautlakepark.com/
 
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Conneaut Lake Park
CLP W Logo.png
Slogan"A traditional amusement resort with something for everyone!" and "Where the past becomes the future"
LocationConneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates41°38′08″N 80°18′54″W / 41.63556°N 80.315°W / 41.63556; -80.315Coordinates: 41°38′08″N 80°18′54″W / 41.63556°N 80.315°W / 41.63556; -80.315
OwnerTrustees of Conneaut Lake Park, Inc.
Opened1892
Previous namesExposition Park
Operating seasonMay to September
Area200 acres (0.81 km2)
Rides
Total29
Roller coasters3
Websitehttp://www.conneautlakepark.com/

Conneaut Lake Park is a summer amusement resort, located in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA. It has long served as a regional tourist destination, and is loved by roller coaster enthusiasts for its classic Blue Streak coaster, which was recently classified as "historic" by the group American Coaster Enthusiasts.[1] Conneaut Lake is Pennsylvania's largest natural (glacier) lake[2] and is a popular summer resort for recreational boaters due to there being no horsepower limit on the lake.[3] The lake is lined with vacation homes and condos.

Main entrance, Conneaut Lake Park
Conneaut Lake
Hotel Conneaut
Tumble Bug
Blue Streak
Go-Gator
Jitterbug
Fun Slide
Jumping Star

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History

It opened as Exposition Park in 1892[citation needed] to take advantage of the adjacent Conneaut Lake. It began as a picnic area like many other parks at that time. The first ride, a carousel, opened several years later, and was soon joined by other rides and a midway. In its early years, the park primarily served as a resort, with several hotels and a grand dancing pavilion. Unfortunately, many of the park's buildings were lost in a 1908 fire. In 1909 the buildings lost in the fire were replaced with new concrete block structures to decrease the fire risk. One of the new buildings was the Dreamland Ballroom which hosted concert and dance events.

The park was renamed "Conneaut Lake Park" in 1920 to reflect a move toward more amusements and rides. In the mid-20th century the park featured many of the same rides as other parks of the time.

In 1943, a large portion of the Hotel Conneaut was destroyed in a fire. The ghost of Elizabeth, a bride who supposedly died in the fire, is said to now haunt the hotel.

In the 1960s, the park opened "Fairyland Forest", using a combination of fairy tale characters and animals to help attract families and appeal to young children. Many similar attractions existed across the country at that time. Although popular, the area eventually fell into neglect and closed in 1985 and was replaced with Camperland in 1986.

By the 1990s, the park had fallen on hard times due to declining attendance and increased competition from nearby parks and closed for a year in 1995. In 1996, Ohio businessman Gary Harris bought the park and reopened it on July 4, but new problems arose the following year when he was convicted of tax evasion. To help extricate himself from his legal difficulties, Harris gave the debt-ridden park to the Conneaut Lake community in 1997, but later filed a lawsuit claiming that he held a 99–year lease on the park grounds and retained ownership of several rides. When that lawsuit was lost in 2001, ownership reverted to a court-appointed trustee.

Current Roller Coasters & Attractions

Roller CoasterYear InstalledDescription
Blue Streak1938An Edward Vettel wooden coaster that still utilizes its original rolling stock and braking system. It is the only Vettel shallow track design still standing, and is the sixth oldest wooden coaster in the country.[4] The park replaced the coaster's original trains with new Century Flyer built by National Amusements Devices in 1966. The original lighter trains were rebuilt and placed back in the ride in 2002 to reduce maintenance costs. The park is currently running the NAD trains due to insurance demands and costs to retrofit the original trains with modern restraints.
Little Dipper1950sAn Allan Herschell kiddie coaster that still has its original cars.
Toboggan2002A Chance portable roller coaster type ride

(No longer in operation, to be renovated.)

Other attractions at the park include:

NameTypeYear Installed
ParatrooperFrank Hrubetz & Co., Inc.1960s
Flying ScootersBish-Rocco flying ride1997
DodgemsReverchon Bumper Cars1937
Tilt-A-WhirlSellner Tilt-A-Whirl1949
Tumble BugHarry Traver and Co.1925
Bessemer Railway SystemAllan Herschell, Miniature Train ride1923
Musik ExpressMajestic Manufacturing2002
CarouselMuller1910
TrabantChance-Morgan1997
Witch's StewWatkins2001
Devil's DenPretzel Manufacturing1968
WaterslideWater Ride1986
Mini Water SlideWater Ride1991
Lazy RiverWater Ride1991

Kiddieland

There are 13 rides in Kiddieland.

The following rides are in kiddieland:

Ride Name
Boats
Kiddie Carousel
Dune Buggy
Jeeps
Little Dipper
Pony Parade
Saturn Shuttle
Tot-Gun
Tubs of Fun
Turtle
Kiddieland Pony Rides
Jolly Catapillar
Hot Pursuit

Partial Historical Timeline

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