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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.

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4 Responses to “Erieview Park Closed And Dismantled”

  1. Angus said

    Ok. I am now 61 years old and still dont know what I wanna be when I grow up. I was in the 2nd grade, and we used to spend a week each summer at Geneva. Well, that year Erieview Park, (then called Pier Park) had a brand new dark ride installed. It had the Pretzel swivel cars, and they were having a contest to name the ride. My mom and I rode through it, and it was impressive to a second grader. We got off and went down the strip to go to another small park which was on the other side of the street. I remember a white fire truck coming down the strip. My dad and I got on the ferris wheel at the other park, and we could see flames shooting out the roof of the new dark ride. We had just ridden it a few minutes earlier. We went back and watched as the firemen led riders out of the ride one at a time. We were lucky. I never went back to Erieview till about 10 years ago, and my mom and I rode through the fright zone, which was basically the same ride with different cars. The building of the original ride was only damaged on the roof. I felt very brave riding that ride again. I do hope that CLP does open the frightzone there. CLP also used to have a dark ride called The Pretzel, which was on the main midway near the Ski Ball. It was a great ride. Even nicer than The Devil’s Den, although the Devil’s Den is a gravity ride, so it is unique. Happy haunting, everyone.

  2. I’ve looked at videos of former amusement parks on You Tube and its amazing how many places have gone under. Luckily, the park of MY childhood, Kennywood in Pittsburgh is still going strong !

    I had wondered why I kept thinking of Noah’s Ark for years and collected Noah’s Ark things. A video of the Noah’s Ark ride at Kennywood jogged my memories.

    I worked at Kennywood one summer as well as the last days of San Francisco’s Playland At The Beach at one of those shoot the clown with water games.

    It’s so sad in this day and age that young people find rides and such boring.

    I also find out I’m too damned heavy to go on the roller coaster at least at the one in Santa Cruz. I gained a lot of weight when I was sick for a long time.

    sigh

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