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Conneaut Lake Park is a throwback to the old, classic amusement park rides and attractions our parents and grandparents used to enjoy.
Thanks to new leadership, the park is introducing a whole new generation to this historical landmark.
“I think it’s a little forgotten. We’re not as fancy as some of the other parks,” said Leonard Adams, manager with Adams Amusements.
Crews and volunteers dusted off 121 years of history at Conneaut Lake Park on Tuesday.
The amusement park first opened in 1892, and has seen its share of ups and downs, from fires, to closures to a carousel of different managers. But for the second summer, a family company, Adams Amusements will welcome families to Conneaut Lake Park starting Friday afternoon.
It’s perfect for folks looking to take a roller coaster ride back in time.
“A lot of our rides are classic amusement rides, I like to call us the working museum,” said Adams.
The crowned jewel of the museum is the Blue Streak. The wooden coaster turns 75-years-old this summer and they will celebrate the occasion in September.
The Tilt-A-Whirl was built in 1949, during the off-season Lenny and his team rebuilt the ride from the ground up.
“New wheels, new brakes. This was our winter project, and as long as I’m here and working here, every year we’re going to pick a ride and we’re going do a winter project on it, and when it’s done it’s gonna almost look new,” said Adams.
Among the 24 historical amusement rides here at Conneaut Lake, sit a few classics from other older amusement parks, such as the fire trucks that used to give rides in Youngstown’s Idora Park.
A new coat of paint went on the pizza kitchen and the 109-year old Hotel Conneaut.
“We still have a lot left to do, however just because you work from the inside out, there’s so much to do with the plumbing, electrical, and things like that. We renovated the ballroom, which we have 42 weddings in this summer,” said Joyce Popovich, the event coordinator with Hotel Conneaut.
Popvich said there was a waiting list to get a room this opening weekend.