Old parks are fascinating. Many of the places our parents and grandparents grew up at no longer exist, and we’re lucky to have a few books or videos that show how these places survived (or didn’t) through sometimes unforgiving conditions. Places like Chippewa Lake in Medina, Idora Park in Youngstown and Euclid Beach in Cleveland Ohio, are among several locations where traces of old rides can be found. In the midwest, the parks that closed in the last 50 years have greatly outnumbered the ones still in operation. Most of them survived two world wars, but couldn’t make it into the ‘70s. And the ones that did, barely saw the 80’s.
Here's a brief look at some of Ohio's amusement parks that have fallen victim to time, technology, and progress. I'm only listing ones I have visited. If anyone has photos or maps of old parks they would like to share, please e-mail me. Thanks!
See many of these great parks on DVD from Amusement Park Memories
BUCKEYE LAKE Hebron, OH
CHIPPEWA LAKE PARK Medina, OH
PURITAS SPRINGS PARK Cleveland, OH
EUCLID BEACH PARK Cleveland, OH
IDORA PARK Youngstown, OH
OLENTANGY PARK Columbus, OH
MILLBROOK PARK New Boston, OH
MINERVA PARK Columbus, OH
Find the full list at DEFUNCT PARKS.COM
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