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Lakemont Park changes

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:26 am
by thrillrider
Fans of this small park are gonna be bummed. The park plans on reopining this fall for the holiday event. Read about it here....

https://www.facebook.com/LakemontPark/

LAKEMONT PARK TO UNDERGO RENOVATIONS DURING SUMMER OF 2017

Lakemont Park will be closed for renovations during the summer of 2017, but will reopen on Friday, November 17, 2017 for the 21st Annual Holiday Lights On The Lake. Due to the significant time it takes to set-up for Holiday Lights On The Lake in the fall and tear down in the late Winter-early Spring, any significant renovations that are necessary must be done during the summer season, so as not to interfere with this popular holiday tradition. For the safety of the Lakemont Park guests and staff, the Park will not be able to remain open during the renovations.

Changes planned for Lakemont Park include replacing some of the older amusement rides with a new miniature golf course, batting cages, playgrounds, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and expanded picnic areas, while keeping and enhancing attractions, such as the waterpark, paddle boats, train, roller coasters, antique cars, and go-karts.

These changes will give Lakemont Park the feel of a traditional community park, as well as a family entertainment center. It will also make the park affordable to all guests, as admission will be free and attractions will be available on a per use basis and in discounted packages. There will be food concessions, as well as picnic pavilions and catering for groups. Special events will be planned, such as basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as July 4th fireworks and more. The Park will be open daily from late May through early September beginning in 2018.

Additional details will be made available throughout the renovation process.

Re: Lalemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:49 am
by coasterer
AH! You're kidding. [Not a big deal at all, but] My wife is from Pittsburgh and we've been married for 3 and a half years, and we still have never been able to make it out there! This was going to be the year!!!! Hope the renovations go well I guess?

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:14 am
by DirkFunk
The park needed a lot of work, but obviously I hope the wood coasters stick around. Leap The Dips is actually really insane now force wise and Skyliner has always had great airtime in a couple spots.

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:16 am
by Shavethewhales
Wow, so the park is so unprofitable that the setup and take down for the Christmas lights is more important than the entire summer season...

And it sounds like they are going to downsize the amusement park aspect somewhat...

But this sounds a really good step in the right direction for them. It sounds like the new amenities will help keep the space more alive and viable as a municipal space. As long as they keep the classic wooden coasters around, I will plan on visiting in 2018.

I was originally planning a cross-Pennsylvania road trip for this summer, but this is yet another omen that I need to put it off for a year...

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:19 am
by SFOG1991
That I disappointing as I really like their line up of weird classic rides, but I guess this improvement may help them in the long term, so for the sake of the remaining rides, this is probably a good thing. I just hope all the coasters stay!

It is weird for them to do this renovation during the summer. The article says they can't do it during the winter due to the holiday event and the time it takes to put up and remove lights. To me that is just an excuse and any truth to it just means the holiday event holds more value than the amusement park itself. Obviously they aren't doing well financially with the amusement park or else they wouldn't just close it for the year.

Anyways, I hope the majority of rides remain and the improvements are in the right places and done the right way.

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:26 am
by cparkes92
SFOG1991 wrote:That I disappointing as I really like their line up of weird classic rides, but I guess this improvement may help them in the long term, so for the sake of the remaining rides, this is probably a good thing. I just hope all the coasters stay!

It is weird for them to do this renovation during the summer. The article says they can't do it during the winter due to the holiday event and the time it takes to put up and remove lights. To me that is just an excuse and any truth to it just means the holiday event holds more value than the amusement park itself. Obviously they aren't doing well financially with the amusement park or else they wouldn't just close it for the year.

Anyways, I hope the majority of rides remain and the improvements are in the right places and done the right way.

They do get a boat load of snow during the winter

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:28 am
by coasterbill
:lol: :lol: :lol: This place is such a sh*t hole. Just move Leap the Dips to Knoebels and turn it into condos or something.

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:46 pm
by Canobie Coaster
It'll be interesting to see what comes of Lakemont, but there are really only 3 rides I care about: the 2 wooden coasters and the Chance skydiver. Skyliner was pretty rough when I rode it but there were some nice spots of air.

During my one visit I wasn't overly impressed with the place. It's one thing to keep old rides like Knoebels, but it's another to not add anything new.

I went in thinking the $6-7 wristband was a steal. By the end of the day, it no longer felt like a steal.

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:12 pm
by eddie200330
From the sounds of the parks (the guy that runs their faceboook page who I believe is actually the GM or some title) replies on their facebook page the only rides staying are the coasters, antique cars, and train.

Re: Lakemont park closed for the summer!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:42 pm
by SFOG1991
cparkes92 wrote:
SFOG1991 wrote:That I disappointing as I really like their line up of weird classic rides, but I guess this improvement may help them in the long term, so for the sake of the remaining rides, this is probably a good thing. I just hope all the coasters stay!

It is weird for them to do this renovation during the summer. The article says they can't do it during the winter due to the holiday event and the time it takes to put up and remove lights. To me that is just an excuse and any truth to it just means the holiday event holds more value than the amusement park itself. Obviously they aren't doing well financially with the amusement park or else they wouldn't just close it for the year.

Anyways, I hope the majority of rides remain and the improvements are in the right places and done the right way.

They do get a boat load of snow during the winter

So do other parks in the north with longer operating seasons.

If the park was making money, they would make the renovations happen without closing down the park for an entire year. Whether that be over the winter or in conjunction with operations.