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May 23, 2013

Chippewa Lake Park: A Defunct Amusement Park

Filed under: Amusement Parks,Ohio,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I saw these pictures on Motion Burns The Mood, but they had labeled them, “Abandoned Amusement Park in New Orleans.” After some sleuthing, I finally found where this abandoned amusement park really was: Chippewa Lake Park in Ohio.

Abandoned Amusement Park from Starling Travel

Abandoned Amusement Park from Starling Travel

Here is a documentary exploring the park and comparing its abandoned decay to the beauty of its past.

There is something about a defunct amusement park that seems so appealing to me. I feel as if I could ride the rides all day long with no other people in line in front of me. Logically, I know that I couldn’t go on any of the rides, but still, I want to visit an abandoned amusement park, if only to FEEL as if I had it all to myself. It seems to appeal to the hermit side of me, wanting to create a place of fun just for myself, like Michael Jackson did with Neverland Ranch.

Unfortunately, you can’t visit the abandoned site of Chippewa Lake Park anymore. In 2009, it was demolished.

If you want to learn more, here are some more links:


  1. U can still visit. Ams of may 2013 some of the rides still stand and some buildings. Not demolished

    Comment by Jason — May 28, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

  2. After it closed directly following it’s centennial, the former owner Parker Beach (who sucessfully ran the park during its’ prime) had an odd request. Beach asked his family to bury him in his beloved park. Supposedly, that request was honored. His final resting site remains unknown, as it was never marked. Rumor told is that he lies beside the Big Dipper.

    Comment by Amanda — October 24, 2013 @ 9:00 am

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