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Town: , ohio
Time Period: 1943-Present
Memory: I was virtually born in the park in 1943 and later lived in Conneaut Lake town until 1950. There was no greater summer afternoon than to be taken to the beach for an afternoon swim then ride the train...at that time it was a shiny diesel with red stripes. I still have a picture of it somewhere.
My Father worked there when he was a young man and actually met my Mother there around 1937-1938.
I particularly remember how I liked going into the "penny arcade." At that time for 1 penny inserted in a machine you could get back out postcard-sized pictures of movie stars....I had stacks of them but have no idea what ever happened to them.
I took my children there many times and now I'm taking my Grandchildren there too....in fact in a week or two. It holds the best memories of a lifetime for me. I have a picture taken in about 1916 of my Mother by the merry-go-round and a picture of about the same spot in the 1950's and virtually nothing had changed! I'll keep going back as long as I live....I hope.
Name: David Palace
Town: Grasonville, Maryland
Time Period: 1970's
Memory: I used to stay with my Grandparents in Butler during the summers and they used to take my cousin and me to Conneaut. I have such great memories of the rides, especially the "Blue Streak". The Blue Streak was the first roller coaster I ever rode on.
I remember being terrified to try it but my Cousin talked me into riding it. I was so scared going up that first hill. It was so fun! I think we rode it 10 times more that day. I am grown up now and have 2 daughters and I hope to bring them to the park one day.
Thanks for the memories.
Name: Jessica Rankin
Town: Somerset, PA
Time Period: 1986
Memory: My family vacationed at the park one year when I was about 11. We stayed at the Hotel in the park. My sister and I played on the beach in the daytime and that evening, my family rode rides at the park and walked the midway, playing games. My favorite ride (which I don't think is still in the park) was the Hell Hole? (correct me if I'm wrong on the name!) It was an indoor ride that you stood in this round room and it started to spin. The force was so great that you stuck to the walls. It was a lot of fun. The park holds a lot of great memories for me and my sister. I also think I remember someone saying that you had a canal or lazy river type of ride behind the Blue Streak too years before that. What a great place Conneaut is! I hope to bring my 8 and 2 year old there next year! Thanks for the great memories!
Name: Susan W
Town: Falmouth, MA formerly Erie PA
Time Period: 70's
Memory: My Grandfather was a Zem Zem Shriner and every summer they had a families picnic. I rode the Blue Streak until my Dad was ill, and was begging me to go on another ride!! I have vivid memories of the "oohm-pah-pah" bands. I wish my kids could experience Conneaut Lake Park.
Name: judith lichon
Town: Ridgefield, NJ
Time Period: 1954-1960
Memory: My dad worked for the Erie Railroad and every summer the railroad had an outing for the employees and their families. This was quite an exciting experience to sleep on a train and head to Conneaut Lake. We were always so excited when that time of year came around. The train would leave from Paterson NJ and we would arrive in the park about 6am. We had to wait for some of the restaurants to open. We rode that roller coaster many times, but I don't think I would do it now. No fear when you are a kid. Very fond memories of the park. I can't believe they still have rocking chairs on the porch of Hotel Conneaut, thats great! One of these days I will make a trip back in time to my favorite place. We also had an amusement park growing up in my hometown. It was called Palisades Amusement Park Cliffside Park, NJ., growing up had many fun filled days at both parks. Conneaut will always have a place in my heart because of my Dad. Thanks for Conneaut.
Name: paula f
Town: sharon, pa
Time Period: late 50s early 60s
Memory: shenango inc had picnics there every year and i can remember having the best time with my dad on the scrambler and the whip! My mom always won me and my sister dolls from the game facination. Alot of great great memories there. I try to come back every year with my family to create new memories with them. I love it and I hope it stays forever!
Name: VINCE DINARDO
Town: WELLSBURG, WV
Time Period: 1975-PRESENT
Memory: MY PARENTS STARTED TAKING ME TO CONNEAUT LAKE AROUND 1975 I WAS IN 7TH GRADE.I REMEMBER MEETING SO MANY KIDS AND RIDING ALL DAY AND SITTING ON THE HOTEL PORCH AT NIGHT TALKING.BACK THEN THERE WERE BELL HOPS AT THE HOTEL AND WE WOULD SIT AND TALK TO THEM OR THEY WOULD FIND SOME WAY TO ENTERTAIN US.THE BEACH WAS FULL IN THE DAY AND THER WERE BANDS PLAYING ON THE LAWN.MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN TAKING OUR CHILDREN TO CONNEAUT ALSO , THEY ARE NOW 17 AND 13 AND THEY STILL ENJOY GOING, MATTER OF FACT WE ARE PLANNING A TRIP IN A FEW WEEKS FOR A WEEKEND. MY DAD AND THREE BROTHERS ALSO GO TO CONNEAUT WITH THEIR CHILDREN ,THEY USUALLY ATTEND THE CLASSIC CAR WEEKEND.I STILL ENJOY SITTING ON THE PORCH,MEETING OTHER PEOPLE,WATCHING THE LAKE,AND LISTENING TO THEIR STORIES OF CONNEAUT AND ALL THE THINGS THEY REMEMBER ABOUT THE PARK.I HAVE ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES ABOUT CONNEAUT THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET, I HOPE SOMETHING CAN BE DONE TO SAVE THE PARK AND HOPEFULLY START FIXING IT UP. I WOUL
D LIKE IT TO BE THERE SO MAYBE MY CHILDREN CAN TAKE THEIR CHILDREN AND HAVE THE SAME GREAT MEMORIES THAT I HAVE. SEE YOU THERE.
Name: Stacey DeAngelis
Town: Ashtabula, Ohio
Time Period: 80's to present
Memory: My father's company picnic was held at CLP for as long as I could remember. My mom and brother, myself would find as many family members as possible and caravan to the park for the day. When we were little it was always the kiddie park. I use to love riding the ponies. As we got older we were allowed to "run" the park with our friends or cousins. It was never a security issue, we always felt safe. My favorite ride was the devil's den. I remember all the gum that used to cover the wall as you were going up the hill. When I was a teenager I finally had the nerve to add my piece of gum to that wall (sorry:) ). I can not wait to start taking my girls to CLP beginning this summer!!!!!
Name: Debbie (Rice) Boyd
Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Time Period: Late 1960's to Present
Memory: My Grandfather Huck Fenrich started the family going to Conneaut Lake Midway beach area when I was very little. I am in my 40's now and the whole family still goes "every year". I am married and have 3 children who just love the Blue Sreak. My brother comes in from Phoenix just to go to Conneaut with the family. My great nephew went for the first time last year. He was 11 months old which started the 5th generation going to Conneaut Lake Park. I remember the year it was closed. There was a heavy sad feeling in all of us. It wasn't until then that I realized what the Park means. It may be small and it certainly isn't a Cedar Point, but for a lot of us there are lots of wonderful memories and family traditions that go on and on. My silliest memory was the year I first put my gum on the "GUM WALL" at the top of the hill in Devils Den. Who remembers that???
Town: Boardman, OH
Time Period: 70's to present
Memory: My family had many great times at Conneaut Lake Park. When I was young, we visited fairly often and stayed at the Hotel Conneaut a few times which we loved. We would always spend part of the day riding and part of the day swimming at the beach. The Blue Streak was one of my first roller coasters and I have always loved it!
My husband and I now try to visit at least once a year and will going tomorrow with our young daughter for her first visit. We can't wait!
Thanks for all the fabulous memories Conneaut..many more to come!