I don't know if anyone in ACE or in this newsgroup is aware of this,
so I thought I'd post it for anyone who is interested.
A week or so ago, one of the local radio talk shows had a show on
western PA area amu***t parks that were no more (people just
called in and talked about parks that they used to visit). A man
called in from Youngstown Ohio (which is an hour and a half from
Pittsburgh) to say that they had formed a group called the Idora
Park Historical Society, and that they were trying to buy the park
and restore it as much as possible. They need $400,000 to buy the
park, from what I understand. Also, apparently, some places that
bought the rides when the park was closed down are willing to
give/sell them back to the park.
The man from Youngstown is hoping to get Pittsburgh corporations
that used to have their company picnics at Idora to donate money
towards the restoration. His name was Rick Blackwell, and he gave
his phone number, but I don't want to post it to the net without his
permission (although, he broadcast it over a 50,000 watt am station
when he went on the talk show). If anyone is interested in
contacting him, let me know and I'll mail you his phone number.
It's too bad I didn't even know the park existed because it sounds
like the roller coasters were pretty good. One reason that I'd like
to see it re-open is that I'm pretty sure that the racer was built
by the same company that built West View's racer, and I'd love to
try it out and compare them.
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