CONNEAUT LAKE PARK
Park News - (2/28/13) In response to the concerns being expressed about the future of Conneaut Lake Park the family behind the ride, midway and concessions operations at the park has shared their own thoughts on what is going on. Click here to read more.
(2/25/13) A local developer (Greg Sutterlin) who co-manages the Hotel Conneaut and Beach Club has posted an interesting letter on their Facebook page calling out that a change is needed at Conneaut Lake Park. While the Hotel and Beach Club are in the middle of large multi-year re-investment and restoration projects and bringing these businesses back to life, the same can not be said for the Conneaut Lake amusement park.
“The Park is lined with abandoned buildings, Fire Damaged structures, root lined walkways, and is truly a depressing experience.” “The lack of a plan for the Park area is showing sorely as buildings are literally rotting and falling to the ground, tree roots grow through the midway and there is no interest or plan by this Board to make improvements and attract new business to the area.” The letter goes on to mention many specific improvement ideas pitched to the park that were all rejected by the board of trustees running the show at the park, which are also now the reason the park faces the threat of liquidation for unpaid taxes. They say that the current board isn’t getting the job done, has no plan to improve or grow the park’s attendance and they want to see that the park and rides stay. To do that, they feel that the entire board should be replaced by new members. Give the entire two-page letter a read here.
According to a response by one of the Trustees, they feel these are “bullying tactics” because Sutterlin “wants to get rid of us and run the park himself.” That said… if Sutterlin’s group has managed to turn the Hotel and Beach Club around, maybe they should be given a chance to see what they can do with the park as well.
(2/13/13) The local news reports that the Conneaut Lake Park trustees is currently negotiating with the County over the payment of over $800,000 in back taxes. Meeting have been taking place, but no details have been given yet.
(1/18/13) Conneaut Lake’s troubles are far from over as the county officials are now threatening to force a public sale of the park if the park Trustees can’t come up with a plan to pay off the park’s $850,000 tax bill in full. To date they have only been paying $1,000 a month towards the tax bill, which has only seen it still grow because of the costly late penalties and interest added back on each month.
(9/4/12) Finally some good news once again from Conneaut Lake Park, as the local news reports that the park will extend the season this year and stay open on weekends through to the end of September. The park will also extend the operational days in 2013 up to five days a week, expecting to remain open Thursdays through to Mondays if all goes well.
(6/25/12) So far four suspicious fires have been started very close to Conneat Lake Park within the last three weeks. You can read the official news report about it here.
(6/18/12) A local area source tells me that another odd fire broke out near Conneaut Lake Park over the weekend. According to the e-mail two old cottages burned down very early Saturday morning. The first was owned by the park and involved in a lawsuit where a former employee of the park claimed that the structure was promised to be handed over to them. The second cottage was located next door but was privately owned.
(4/30/12) Conneaut Lake’s troubles are far from over it seems, as the park is now being sued by the former Rides Manager who is in dispute with the Board of Trustees overseeing the park. There is also a conflict between the operator of the Hotel & Beach Club and the Trustees over how they have been collecting parking fees in order to pay for much needed road repairs that have yet to happen.