Erieview Park Closed And Dismantled
Posted by LOTGK on December 14, 2007
Erieview Park at Geneva On the Lake, Ohio, open since the Summer of 1945, closed it’s gates at the end of the 2006 Summer season. Don “Woody” Woodard, owner of the park and the parcel of land it resided on, stated that he really didn’t know what he was going to do with the land other than to improve it for other business opportunities.
My son and I went to Geneva in October 2006, the day after the auction of the rides to see them one more time. As the pictures depict, workers were in the process of dismantling the rides. My son sat in the roller coaster Brat one last time and I sat and spun the Flying Butterflies once more.
Geneva On The Lake opens this coming weekend, May 12th, 2007, and it happens to be my son’s birthday. We plan on visiting, weather permitting, to see what the park looks like now that all the rides have been removed. It won’t be the same.
Anyway, below are the pictures I took in October after the auction.
*Where the Turbo Rockets resided.
*The Water Slide. Was told that this ride will remain as a stand alone attraction.
*Tilt A whirl ready to be dismantled.
*Where the roller railroad cars cars were. The ones where you used your hands to wheel yourself around the track.
*The remains of the Mini Ferris Wheel. That was the first ride I rode, when I was three years old, way back in 1963, with my sister Carol.
*The kiddie ride, The Cars, and yes, I rang the bell many times as a child.
*What remains of the kiddie ride, the Boats.
*The Helicopters, looks like they are still flying. But they’re not.
*Time Square restaurant, home of the largest order of french fries in the states.
*The roller coaster Brat right before it was torn down.
*Geneva On the Lake parkway, the main drag. All but dormant, sleeping, waiting for the Summer season.
*Workers trucks, trailers, and the blue fence that sectioned off each ride.
*The Ferris Wheel seats gone, the rest soon to follow.
*The Flying Butterflies, my favorite ride at Geneva. I was the last one to sit in them before they were dismantled.
*Time Square Restaurant. Closed!
*The old Geneva Train that circled the park. You can see that the track is already being pulled up.
*The Spinners, a sure fire puke ride already dismantled.
*The spider being dismantled.
*What remains of the Planes.
*Controls for the turbo Rockets.
*The Erieview Park sign already taken down.
*One more time, the Erieview Park sign from a different angle.
*The Carousel actively being dismantled. All that is left is the canopy.
*The Chariots ride, a favorite kiddie ride.
*The dark ride, the last known Allen Herschell ride left in existence. Now it’s gone, but the workers told me that Conneaut Lake Park will be debuting it this Summer.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL