Bye-Bye Whalom :(

Bye-Bye Whalom :(

Post by Sandy A. Nicolayse » Thu, 11 Dec 2003 13:35:31


It didn't seem probable from the start, but at least she tried:

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Dear Friends,

I want to thank those of you who supported the effort to Save Whalom
Park by buying a Whale. Your financial contribution gave much more
than money to the project. It showed the spirit of the community, the
belief and the desire that Whalom could capture the imaginations of
children for another century.

Many of the checks I received were accompanied by notes: memories of
loved ones met at the Park, or of loved ones lost who had worked at
Whalom. There were nostalgic stories of other parks torn down for
development in other states across the country. These letters
motivated me to continue working on the larger effort to build a
coalition of investors and financiers to restore and reopen the park.
Thank you.

I began the Buy a Whale campaign two years ago, in January of 2002.
The efforts to save the Park began even before, when Whalom closed and
the property was put up for sale at the end of the 2000 summer season.
Now, as 2004 approaches and the fate of the property remains in limbo,
I feel it is time to return your money.

As such, letters with a check enclosed were sent out on Tuesday,
December 9, 2003 to all enthusiasts who had bought Whales. I wish,
with all my heart, that I could be sending you season passes to the
Park, instead of your money. But for many reasons, those that have
been made public, and those that never will, it has not come to pass.

If at some point in the future it does, I hope that you will remember
the same sentiments that led you to contribute this time, and join us
again. Until then, hold onto those pictures and those memories of
Whalom, or of any bygone place that makes you nostalgic for your
youth.

Sincerely,
Allyson Bowen

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REF: http://www.savewhalompark.com/

- Sandy

 
 
 

Bye-Bye Whalom :(

Post by Rob Ascoug » Thu, 11 Dec 2003 23:55:09



Quote:
> It didn't seem probable from the start, but at least she tried:

Can't say that I didn't see the writing on the walls, but it was an
admirable effort, as well as a heartfelt one.

I wonder why the people around Arnolds Park in Iowa can come up with
millions to save the park, but a comparatively-small $50,000 was raised for
Whalom over two years?

I wonder if there is any hope of saving the Flyer Comet's structure?

 
 
 

Bye-Bye Whalom :(

Post by Shawn Mamr » Fri, 12 Dec 2003 08:13:03

Quote:

>I wonder why the people around Arnolds Park in Iowa can come up with
>millions to save the park, but a comparatively-small $50,000 was raised for
>Whalom over two years?

Can't speak for anyone else, but the uncertainty of Whalom's situation
ever since a purchase and sale agreement was made that locked out any
other offers (but where the prospective buyer is apparently still sitting
on his posterior) can't have helped matters any.

Vastly different economic conditions, too.  The Arnolds Park save came
in the midst of the financial boom years (remember those?), and I believe
there were also some big-bucks locals that made a big difference in that
effort.  Save Whalom Park started right after boom became bust.

Quote:
>I wonder if there is any hope of saving the Flyer Comet's structure?

The bulldozers aren't rolling in Lunenburg yet, although the passing
of time (and another winter starting) certainly won't help the FC's
condition any.  Whether the current owners would (or even can, depending
on the P&S terms/conditions) entertain any offers on it, I wouldn't know.

It's worth noting that Allyson hasn't completely thrown in the towel;
take note of the last paragraph in her recent message.  I spoke with her
just recently, and she said that, given the extended uncertainty of late,
it just didn't seem right to continue to hold people's money.  There
have been other instances in the past where folks sent in money for
projects that never came to pass, and they never got a dime back.  If
nothing else, Allyson deserves credit for being honest and keeping
her word on that score.

-Shawn Mamros
E-mail to: mamros -at- mit dot edu

 
 
 

Bye-Bye Whalom :(

Post by Tim Melag » Fri, 12 Dec 2003 11:26:44


Quote:
> It's worth noting that Allyson hasn't completely thrown in the towel;
> take note of the last paragraph in her recent message.  I spoke with her
> just recently, and she said that, given the extended uncertainty of late,
> it just didn't seem right to continue to hold people's money.  There
> have been other instances in the past where folks sent in money for
> projects that never came to pass, and they never got a dime back.  If
> nothing else, Allyson deserves credit for being honest and keeping
> her word on that score.

I give her a ton of credit for trying. I know some people weren't expecting
to see their money again if things didn't work out but she is proving to be
an honest person.

--Tim Melago