CANFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — The dream of a Canfield Township couple to create a museum commemorating the Valley’s historical Idora Park is now a step closer to reality.
Jim and Toni Amey are working to convert a garage next to their South Turner Road home into a display area, using vintage artifacts from the park on Youngstown’s South Side, as well as pieces that would be similar to those used at Idora.
On Monday night, the couple received a zoning variance from the township to operate the museum a few weekends a year. The idea began formulating in 1990.
“Now the work starts. I have got to start cleaning things out and I have got to start working on some of the artifacts that are in rough shape. We have got to get them all presentable as much as possible because a lot of them sat out for 30 years, out in the elements in northeast Ohio and all over,” Jim Amey said.
So far, they have invested more than $200,000 dollars in both the building and their artifacts.
“I’ve taught myself how to weld. I’ve got all my own equipment for that. It’s going to be de-rusting, scraping, repainting, welding things up that are broken,” Jim Amey said.
The Ameys plan to hold a grand opening April 26 to coincide with the fire 30 years ago that closed Idora Park for good.
“April 26 is the 30th anniversary of the big fire that took away Idora Park. It was the beginning of the end, the death knell for Idora. And I think it’s important that the anniversary be recognized,” Jim Amey said.