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the old chippewa lake amusement park is part of Westfield Township .

Interesting places in old chippewa lake amusement park:
Chippewa Lake Amusement Park   Part of the Big Dipper Coaster
Tumble Bug Chippewa Lake Park  


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Made by Justin Masterson
Stacy admires the skeltal ferris wheel at Chippewa Lake Park. This was my favorite attraction at the abandoned park...note the tree growing right up through the middle! --- Chippewa Lake Park began as a beach-front park in the 1840's. The amusement park and resort was launched in 1879 as a beachfront family getaway, and grew into a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides, concessions, attractions, and a full hotel by the 1960's. The park originally included two roller coasters, a grand ballroom and dancefloor, and one of two Tumblebug rides left in the world (though this one is, as you will see, long defunct. After the interstate system grew in the 60's and 70's, traffic to this back-roads park decreased, and the introduction of much larger amusement parks Cincinnati's Kings Island (1972) and Sandusky's Cedar Point (1972) contributed to the park's demise. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1978, and closed that same year. Today, the park is surrounded by fences and is located in a low-income neighborhood by Chippewa Lake. It has frequent visitors (like us) and its neighbors are used to seeing trespassers climb through holes in the fences to check out this abandoned relic. Sadly, some visitors are less well-intentioned than we are, and the park has seen several fires and acts of grand vandalism, including the ballroom, which was burned to the ground in 2002. Particularly hawk-eyed explorers can even spot old ticket stubs and anniversary cups in the leaves and tree limbs that litter the grounds. It is now privately owned, and fire hydrants and paths are even cleared and cleaned-up periodically...perhaps getting ready for a restoration? IF you choose to go to see this abandoned attraction, PLEASE do not disturb, remove, or vandalize anything. This park is a relic and a beautiful piece of Ohio history, and it should be treated with the respect it deserves.

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Made by Justin Masterson
An old door with rusted lock, this would have prevented entrance to the worker's area at the back of the concession stand at Chippewa Lake Park. --- Chippewa Lake Park began as a beach-front park in the 1840's. The amusement park and resort was launched in 1879 as a beachfront family getaway, and grew into a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides, concessions, attractions, and a full hotel by the 1960's. The park originally included two roller coasters, a grand ballroom and dancefloor, and one of two Tumblebug rides left in the world (though this one is, as you will see, long defunct. After the interstate system grew in the 60's and 70's, traffic to this back-roads park decreased, and the introduction of much larger amusement parks Cincinnati's Kings Island (1972) and Sandusky's Cedar Point (1972) contributed to the park's demise. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1978, and closed that same year. Today, the park is surrounded by fences and is located in a low-income neighborhood by Chippewa Lake. It has frequent visitors (like us) and its neighbors are used to seeing trespassers climb through holes in the fences to check out this abandoned relic. Sadly, some visitors are less well-intentioned than we are, and the park has seen several fires and acts of grand vandalism, including the ballroom, which was burned to the ground in 2002. Particularly hawk-eyed explorers can even spot old ticket stubs and anniversary cups in the leaves and tree limbs that litter the grounds. It is now privately owned, and fire hydrants and paths are even cleared and cleaned-up periodically...perhaps getting ready for a restoration? IF you choose to go to see this abandoned attraction, PLEASE do not disturb, remove, or vandalize anything. This park is a relic and a beautiful piece of Ohio history, and it should be treated with the respect it deserves.

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Made by Justin Masterson
The hill leading up to the big hill was, when we got there, immersed at its valley in the watery Spring rain-soup of leaves and rainwater. --- Chippewa Lake Park began as a beach-front park in the 1840's. The amusement park and resort was launched in 1879 as a beachfront family getaway, and grew into a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides, concessions, attractions, and a full hotel by the 1960's. The park originally included two roller coasters, a grand ballroom and dancefloor, and one of two Tumblebug rides left in the world (though this one is, as you will see, long defunct. After the interstate system grew in the 60's and 70's, traffic to this back-roads park decreased, and the introduction of much larger amusement parks Cincinnati's Kings Island (1972) and Sandusky's Cedar Point (1972) contributed to the park's demise. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1978, and closed that same year. Today, the park is surrounded by fences and is located in a low-income neighborhood by Chippewa Lake. It has frequent visitors (like us) and its neighbors are used to seeing trespassers climb through holes in the fences to check out this abandoned relic. Sadly, some visitors are less well-intentioned than we are, and the park has seen several fires and acts of grand vandalism, including the ballroom, which was burned to the ground in 2002. Particularly hawk-eyed explorers can even spot old ticket stubs and anniversary cups in the leaves and tree limbs that litter the grounds. It is now privately owned, and fire hydrants and paths are even cleared and cleaned-up periodically...perhaps getting ready for a restoration? IF you choose to go to see this abandoned attraction, PLEASE do not disturb, remove, or vandalize anything. This park is a relic and a beautiful piece of Ohio history, and it should be treated with the respect it deserves.

"Rocko Plane" ride and extras at Chippewa Lake Park

"Rocko Plane" ride and extras at Chippewa Lake Park
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
This is while I was on set for the filming of the movie Closed for the Season The ride in the first third of the video (Rocko Plane) was brought in for filming and I also have pictures posted that I took . Then the rest of the video shows the other extras holding balloons waiting to walk down the hill for the next scene. This is at Chippewa Lake Park near Medina, Ohio. While recording this i am standing on the path next to Stand A aka The Hamburger Factory. If you watch the video at the beginning you can see the outline of the roof in the right third of the frame. This video was recorded at 720p with my Samsung NV24HD digital camera.

Framed by the Wheel

Framed by the Wheel
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
Stobist: Knock off 430 ex bounced off of the ceiling of the truck, which is rusted, so it cast a warm light in this picture Other views of this truck: The whole cab: The whole truck: www.flickr.com/photos/tapm/2908448263/in/set-721576076837...

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Made by brianm.wells
Please do not post any group awards on my photos. Do not use on any blogs, websites, or other mediums without permission. Hi-Res photos can be obtained via e-mail but will be watermarked. A tree has grown straight through the center of the ferris wheel. Debris from trees and old attractions are scattered around it.

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Made by brianm.wells
Please do not post any group awards on my photos. Do not use on any blogs, websites, or other mediums without permission. Hi-Res photos can be obtained via e-mail but will be watermarked. A wall divides the ticket booth from the rest of the park. Guests would have walked next to this entering or leaving the park.

Chippewa Lake Park - Coaster "Big Dipper"

Chippewa Lake Park - Coaster "Big Dipper"
Made by Andrew 94
I so far behind on uploading photos, but I couldn't wait to upload my pics of Chippewa Lake Park. I was unable to go inside the park, but I hear they have tours on the weekend from 11am to 6pm. More info @ Ohio Forgotten

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Made by brianm.wells
Please do not post any group awards on my photos. Do not use on any blogs, websites, or other mediums without permission. Hi-Res photos can be obtained via e-mail but will be watermarked. I debated it for a long time, but I like this one because the Ferris wheel blurs with the trees.

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Made by brianm.wells
Please do not post any group awards on my photos. Do not use on any blogs, websites, or other mediums without permission. Hi-Res photos can be obtained via e-mail but will be watermarked. The remnants of the ticket booth, hidden behind a fence adorned with NO TRESPASSING signs.

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Made by Justin Masterson
This appeared to be a mini-golf kiosk, and likely the 18th hole at Chippewa Lake Park...we noted that the hole on the golf green (left of the kiosk) seemed to have a tube that would have sent the ball back into the kiosk, ending the golfer's round.

Still locked, but open Bathhouse door

Still locked, but open Bathhouse door
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
A not very useful padlock, on the door of the Bathing House on the shore of Chippewa Lake. This is one of my favorite pictures, and I'm glad I took it when I did. I was at the park recently and this door was ripped off and no where to be found.

Inside of Chippewa Lake Park Panorama (most of trees gone)

Inside of Chippewa Lake Park Panorama (most of trees gone)
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
March 2009 On the hill by the hotel remains, and The Hamburger Factory (Stand A). Check this out in its original size to see all of the detail: (This file is about 16MB so it may take a minute to load.)

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Made by brianm.wells
Please do not post any group awards on my photos. Do not use on any blogs, websites, or other mediums without permission. Hi-Res photos can be obtained via e-mail but will be watermarked.

Chippewa Lake Park - Ticket Booths

Chippewa Lake Park - Ticket Booths
Made by Andrew 94
The park was open on Saturday for self-guided picture tours. More info @ Ohio Forgotten

Chippewa Lake Park - Ticket Booths

Chippewa Lake Park - Ticket Booths
Made by Andrew 94
The park was open on Saturday for self-guided picture tours. More info @ Forgotten Ohio

Glowing Clown

Glowing Clown
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
At the entrance for the Rocko Plane ride that was brought in for the movie Closed for the Season This is right next to Stand A a.k.a. The Hamburger Factory

Path under "The Coaster"

Path under "The Coaster"
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
The Big Dipper or later just The Coaster at Chippewa Lake Park. Near Medina, Ohio Here is a view of the same hill from the other side, through a puddle:

The Tumble Bug was looking at me funny

The Tumble Bug was looking at me funny
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
One of very few Tumble Bug rides left in the world. This part is covering a motor that would have moved the cars back in the ride's better days.

Me Enjoying The Tumble Bug

Me Enjoying The Tumble Bug
Made by Tyler A. P. Moody
The Tumble Bug probably hasn't had anybody nearby for a while so I thought I would give it some company and take a picture while riding on it.



Nearest places of interest:

Westfield Township
Westfield Center, Ohio
Northern Ohio Railway Museum
Interstate 76 Exit 1, Interstate 71 Exit 209 Interchange
  Chippewa Lake Amusement Park
Part of the Big Dipper Coaster
Tumble Bug Chippewa Lake Park
Spencer Lake

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