The year is 1976, in time for the bicentennial. After the closing of Lake Lansing Amusement Park two years prior, folks wanted to have a new park for Michigan's capitol city. They got it when Ben Reed planned Timberwood Park located north of Lansing. It was already in the planning while Lake Lansing was still open. Timberwood would serve as a new destination for Michiganders to come to.
The creepy logo for Timberwood, circa 1976.
The park layout on opening day.
The gift shop and restaurant side by side with a breezeway between both buildings. The restaurant, Gary's Grub, serves burgers and fries.
Patriot is a wooden coaster that opened with the park. It is an out and back coaster. It was built by William Cobb.
Up the lift hill.
And down the first drop.
The second tallest hill on the ride is actually the third hill on the coaster.
Turning around to go back.
Many folks praise Patriot as an airtime machine and one of the best coasters in Michigan.
Over near Patriot is a small snack stand, aptly named Patriotic Snacks!
Some of the midway and its rides and attractions.
The other big ride at the park is the Arrow-built Wild Flume.
The Wild Flume has three drops. Just before the second drop, shown here, the log boats reverse and go down the drop backwards.
At the third drop it goes back forward before dropping. And it crisscrosses with the first drop, resulting in boats sometimes dueling.
Another look at Timberwood Park. Let me know what you think so far.
Last edited by HowieP on Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 am.
1978 saw the addition of the Von Roll Chairlift. This takes guest from one side of the park to the other. Guests at the park loved the new ride. Also park owner Ben Reed announced an exciting new ride coming to the park for the 1979 season.
New for 1978, the Chairlift.
The other station.
A look at most of the Chairlift.
The Patriot roller coaster continues to be a favorite among guests.
A back entry was added to Gary's Grub for easier access to the Chairlift.
The Chairlift going over Wild Flume.
A look at the park as it expands. People cannot wait to see what the new ride will be next year.
Last edited by HowieP on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:24 am.
Thanks for the feedback. I do appreciate it. Now back to the story...
At the end of the 1978 season, Timberwood owner Ben Reed announced the addition of a new roller coaster for the 1979 season. And the people of Lansing got it with PowerLoop, a Schwarzkopf shuttle looping coaster. Reed knew that looping steel coasters were all the rage in the coaster world as of recently, but couldn't afford a huge coaster at the moment. So he contacted Anton Schwarzkopf about getting one of his shuttle looping coasters. And guests at Timberwood enjoyed the new ride immediately.
New for the 1979 season, PowerLoop. A looping shuttle roller coaster.
The train going up the front spike.
The entire layout of the coaster. This brings Timberwood into the same arena as bigger parks. Rumors were swirling around another amusement park in Muskegon getting an Arrow corkscrew model that same year.
Also a new pizza place opened in front of PowerLoop.
The previous years' addition, the Chairlift, is a popular ride for those who love the view the park from above.
The entry plaza is bustling.
The original coaster, Patriot, is still very popular, despite the addition of PowerLoop.
Another look at PowerLoop and its station.
As we go into the 1980s, Timberwood continues to grow.
As 1981 came in, Timberwood received a new ride in Flying Trapeze, a swing ride. Ben Reed also announced for the next couple of years would be the biggest expansions for the park to come after this year.
Flying Trapeze, the new ride for 1981.
The blue train on Patriot in the turnaround.
Last years addition, Dungeon, has been a popular ride.
PowerLoop, the last coaster added, has had steady ridership as well.
Flying Trapeze, as it fits with the rest of the midway.
The always popular Enterprise.
The growth of Tiberwood continues on.
Also 1981 introduced a new family-friendly logo for Timberwood. Far less creepy than the old one.
As 1982 rolls around, Timberwood introduces the new 300 ft. tall Sky Deck by Von Roll, the makers of the Chairlift which opened back in 1978. As the tallest ride at the park, it gives guests the best views of the park. This was one of the big additions park owner Ben Reed announced the previous year. He later announced a new kind of coaster coming for the following year. People could not wait to see what it was, and waited in anticipation, but for now enjoyed the new Sky Deck.
1982 brings us Sky Deck.
Sky Deck at the top giving out the best views of the park.
Patriot continues to be a popular coaster.
PowerLoop doing its thing.
Some expansion going on near the Chairlift.
Another shot of Sky Deck, the latest ride.
Folks wait in anticipation to see what this "new kind of coaster" is as we look at the expansion work going on near the Chairlift in the back.
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