Stone water fountain at Idora Park is saved

Idora Park fountain. Sept. 22, 2015
Workers remove the old stone water fountain from the Idora Park property in Youngstown. It'll be stored and displayed at the Idora Park Experience in Canfield Twp. Sept. 22, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Jim and Toni Amey have the Idora Park Experience next to their house on South Turner Road in Canfield Township — a museum dedicated to the days of the old amusement park. On Tuesday, the Ameys added a piece.

They removed an old stone drinking fountain that was located on the upper midway, near where the silver rocket ships once stood. The fountain was there when the park opened in 1899, and it is one of the last remaining pieces in the park.

It was wrapped in plastic, lifted off its base, placed on a flatbed truck and sent to the Idora Experience in Canfield.

“A lot of work and effort and personal time and effort goes into it,” Toni Amey explained.

Heavy equipment donated by the Gecco Electric company helped move the stone and concrete fountain.

Most of the fountain came out of the ground intact, but the base had to be chiseled off.

“Trying not to break things as much as possible,” said worker Larry Cadman. “Which with sledgehammers and pry bars is tough to do.”

Jim Amey said the fountain was not in bad shape, considering its age.

“It’s been decaying, it’s being damaged by vandals, and I wanted to save it because that’s the whole idea,” he said. “Save whatever we can that was from Idora Park.”

The fountain will be on display on Saturday and Sunday at the museum, which is located at 4450 S. Turner Rd., just south of Gibson Rd. The museum will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those days. Admission is $5.

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