CLP Junction, The Unofficial Guide To Conneaut Lake Park
September 7, 2016 - Court Approves Park Bankruptcy Plan
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park was approved by a US bankruptcy judge. The park trustees can now implement their plan to pay back creditors and revitalize the park.This summer marked the first time in at least 6 years that the entire waterpark has been open and the park projects a profit of $151,000 through the end of the year. [Read More]
May 28, 2016 - 2016 Opening Day
CLP will open today at noon for its 125th year and for the first time in a decade a portion of the water park will be open. The lazy river will open today and the rest of the water attractions will be phased in throughout the summer. Park hours for the holiday weekend will be Saturday Noon-10, Sunday Noon-8 and Monday Noon-6. [Read More] [Discuss]
October 10, 2015 - 2015 Pumpkinfest
Pumpkinfest continues today at CLP from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. There will be fireworks at 9pm tonight. Rides will be running from Noon-6pm. Ghost Lake attractions will open at 7pm.  [Read More]
May 24, 2015 - Opening Weekend 2015
Opening weekend for Conneaut Lake Park continues today with the park open from Noon-8 and again on Memorial Day from Noon-8. As of today all of the major park rides are running with the exception of the Train and Flying Skooter. A ride wristband is $10 and includes rides on the Blue Streak. New this year at CLP is a concession stand operated by Voodoo Brewery of Meadville, PA.  [Discuss]
December 4, 2014 - Park Trustees file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
This afternoon the park trustees filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection which will stop the park from heading to a sheriff's sale tomorrow. The move is intended to give trustees time to repay park debts and overhaul park management and governance. [Read More]
October 11, 2014 - 24th Annual Pumpkin Fest
This weekend the park will host the 24th Annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday from 10am-9pm and on Sunday from 10am-5pm. There will be multiple stages with live music both days. The giant pumpkin drop will be at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm Sunday. Saturday's festivities will conclude with fireworks at 9pm. The Ghost Lake haunted park attractions will open at 7pm.  [Read More]
May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day 2014
CLP's 2014 Opening Weekend concludes today with a Buckcherry concert at the Exposition Hall @6pm. The park rides including the Blue Streak are open from 1pm - 7pm. More details at the park's website
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October 12, 2013 - Pumpkinfest 2013
This weekend is the 23rd Annual Pumpkinfest at Conneaut Lake Park. The park will be filled with food vendors, crafters, artisans, and entertainers. The popular giant pumpkin drop will be held at 6:30pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Park rides will be operating Saturday from 10am-6:30pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Ride bands will be discounted to $15, admission to the park is free as always. Ghost Lake begins at 7pm both days and tickets for its "13 levels of fear" are $25 for adults and $17 for kids 11 & under. [Read More]
August 24, 2013 - Community Day / $5 Ride Bands
Today is another $5 Ride Pass day at Conneaut Lake Park and the weather is perfect. Ride all the rides including the Blue Streak and play Mini Golf for just $5. The new attraction, Hostile Hostel will be open from 5-9pm and requires 3 ride tickets not included with the $5 pass. 
August 1, 2013 - Beach Club - 1935-2013

The Beach Club & Dockside complex was destroyed by fire overnight. The fire was report at 2:19am and both buildings burned to the ground. Also reportedly lost in the blaze were one of the Blue Streak trains and several of the park's Fascination machines. The State Police Fire Marshall has ruled the cause of the fire as "undetermined."




The Beach Club opened on June 8, 1935 and over the years has been a popular night spot and the centerpiece of many lakefront activities. The facility took over as the primary live music venue for the park following the February 2008 Dreamland Ballroom fire. The attached Dockside building had been recently renovated. Since 2008 the Beach Club has been leased and operated by Park Restoration LLC.

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July 28, 2013 - Travel Channel Makeover Project
Beginning on Monday, July 29, dozens of volunteers and a camera crew will descend on CLP to give the park a well deserved makeover. The project is part of a new Travel Channel show and promises to add "a few new elements" to the park while renovating & restoring existing areas. The results of the makeover and a new attraction will be revealed to the public on August 3. The park will be open during normal hours while the work is in progress. For more details please visit the CLP website or Facebook page.

UPDATES:

A video of work being done on the Devil's Den is available on the WICU Website

A video featuring some hints about the new attraction is available from WFMJ

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July 20, 2013 - Photos From July 6 Added
Three new galleries of CLP photos from July 6, 2013 have been added to the site. Highlights include the freshly repaired Tumble Bug and the park's restored parking lot sign. There are 56 photos in total and they can be viewed using the Photo Gallery link above.
July 19, 2013 - Blue Streak 75th Birthday Bash
This Saturday, July 20 Adams Amusements and CLP are inviting everyone to a birthday bash 75 years in the making. The park's 1938 Ed Vettel coaster is one of only 2 remaining in the world and has been named an ACE Landmark Coaster. Music will be provided by 20-25 band organs and a decorated cake contest will be held in the afternoon. Ride wrist bands for the day will be only $5. For information please visit the CLP website or Facebook page. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 5, 2013 - Tumble Bug rides again!
Once upon a time, the Bug was a common sight in parks around the country. Now CLP's Tumble Bug is one of only two remaining in operation worldwide and had been in need of repairs since the end of the 2012 summer season. The ride's manufacturer went out of business long ago and parts are not easily obtained. Adams Amusements has pulled off what many thought would be almost impossible. The CLP Tumble Bug is alive again and running better than ever. Great job Lenny & Crew! [Read More] [Discuss]
May 25, 2013 - 2013 Opening Weekend
CLP's 121st season begins this weekend. This summer the park will celebrate the Blue Streaks 75th anniversary. The Tumble Bug is not currently operating but the Allen Herschell Miniature Train is running on opening weekend for the first time in years. Adams Amusements is once again handling the park's ride operations and has completely rebuilt the 1949 Tilt-A-Whirl. In Kiddieland the Fire Trucks ride from Idora Park will make its CLP debut. The rides will be open 4-9 on Friday, 1-9 Saturday and Sunday and 1-7 on Monday. The weekend also features the 5th Annual Beach Volleyball tournament as well as live music at the Hotel & Beach Club.  [Read More] [Discuss]
August 31, 2012 - Labor Day Weekend 2012
Summer comes to an unofficial close this weekend at CLP with the 50's On The Lake Car Show & Beach Party. The event begins Friday at 1PM and ends with Fireworks on the Lake Saturday night at 9:45. The Labor Day Beach Volleyball Tournament will take place Saturday & Sunday from 11AM-6PM. Eddie Money will be performing live on Sunday at 6PM, tickets and info are available at the Beach Club website. Rides will be open Friday 4-8, Sat/Sun from 12-9 and on Labor Day from Noon-6. On Friday August 31 a $5 rideband discount is available to those bringing 2 canned goods. Adams Amusements will continue to operate the park rides on Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October. For more details on this weekend's events please visit the offical CLP website or CLP's Facebook page.  [Read More]
August 20, 2012 - Fastsigns MetamorphoSIGN Makeover Contest
Conneaut Lake Park is competing in the Fastsigns MetamorphoSIGN makeover contest. Voting is open from 8/20 to 8/31 and one vote per category can be cast each day. If CLP finishes first they will receive a $10,000 makeover for signage throughout the park and parking lot and the Fastsigns Erie office will match the prize for a total of $20,000.
UPDATE 9/20/12: CLP finished first in the Brick & Mortar category and will be receiving $20,000 in new signs. Congratulations CLP and thanks to everyone who supported the park with their votes! [Read More] [Discuss]
May 23, 2012 - Happy 120th Anniversary CLP!
This Memorial Day weekend marks the start of Conneaut Lake Park's 120th Anniversary Season. The Blue Streak is expected to be running on opening day and has received another 150 feet of new track this spring. Lenny Adams (who has spent much of the last 2 years replacing track on the Blue Streak) is now operating the ride, game, and concession areas. There is live entertainment all weekend at the Hotel, Beach Club, Dockside and the Free Act Lawn. The 4th Annual Volleyball tournament will be held on the beach Saturday and Sunday. For park hours & rates please visit the official park website[Read More]
December 23, 2011 - 2011 Holiday of Lights
The Christmas lights will continue to shine at Conneaut Lake Park through January 1, 2012. The event is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights from 6pm-10pm. Admission is $10 per car load. "Season Passes" are available for $20 which allow visitors to enjoy the activities on all the remaining nights of the event. For more information please visit the Hotel Conneaut Website.
November 1, 2011 - Second Volunteer Clean-Up Weekend
There will be a second volunteer cleanup weekend on Nov 5th & 6th. Volunteers are needed to clean up leaves & winterize the rides. Full details are available on the park's Facebook page.
October 25, 2011 - Blue Streak WILL be open this weekend
Despite the recent theft of copper wire the park's Facebook page has announced that the Blue Streak will be in operation for the final weekend of the Ghost Lake event. 
October 17, 2011 - Ghost Lake Continues Through Halloween
There are still 2 weekends left for Ghost Lake at Conneaut Lake Park and its 9 Levels of Fear. Attractions include Grim’s Funeral Home, House of Evil, Haunted Hotel Conneaut, Terror Down Below, Last House of the Left, Maze of Madness, Creatures in the Fog, Vortex of Fear and ends with a trip on the Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 7 to 11 and will also be open on Halloween night. It is estimated to take around 90 minutes to complete all of the attractions. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. Visit www.ghostlake.net for more details.
October 14, 2011 - 21st Annual Pumpkin Fest, October 14,15,16
This weekend Conneaut Lake Park will host the 21st Annual Conneaut Lake Pumpkin Fest. Admission to the park is free and there is a $5 parking fee. Some park rides including the Blue Streak will be running. The Pony Track will also be open. Festival hours are Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm. For a full entertainment schedule please click the "Read More" link. The park's Ghost Lake Haunted Park will begin at 7pm each night. Admission to the 9 Ghost Lake attractions is $20.  [Read More]
May 26, 2011 - Pepsi Refresh Project: 5 Days Left To Vote!
As of today CLP's project to restore the Midway area and create an Artisan Mall is ranked #21 with 5 days left to vote. Only the top 10 entries will win and unlike previous months the runners-up will not automatically be re-entered next month. To vote click the "Read More" link below. Specially marked Pepsi products contain a "Power Vote" code that can make a single vote worth up to 100 votes. Votes for CLP can also be cast by texting 106426 to Pepsi (73774). [Read More]
May 26, 2011 - CLP opens for the 2011 season tomorrow!
Conneaut Lake Park will open for the 2011 tomorrow, May 27 at 4pm. The Blue Streak coaster has had another 150ft of track replaced by Structural Technologies, Inc. and will be in operation. The new rides operator has added a swing ride and 90ft giant slide to the park's ride lineup. The Carousel will once again feature its authentic band organ thanks to donations and a special arrangement with Debence Antique Music World. There is live music scheduled all weekend, a beach volleyball tournament on Saturday & Sunday and Fireworks Sunday night at 10pm. For operating hours and prices please visit the official park website by clicking the "Read More" link in this article. [Read More] [Discuss]
January 4, 2011 - Pepsi Refresh Project: The Sequel - Help Restore The CLP Midway
CLP is once again in the running for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. The target this time is the Midway area that was damaged by the Dreamland fire and the collapse of the old Fun House and Ultimate Trip building. The Midway facade is to be restored and the Fun House building will be rebuilt if the park is able to win the grant. Also, flower beds would be rebuilt and the walkway repaired after years of damage from tree roots. Votes can be placed by following the "Read More" link below or by texting 105312 to 73774. Voting ends on 1/31/11. [Read More] [Discuss]
September 2, 2010 - Blue Streak Re-Opens Today!!
After months of restoration and fundraising work the ACE Roller Coaster Landmark Blue Streak roller coaster will run for the first time since 2006 on Thursday, September 2. There is a $3 per person per ride fee for the Blue Streak. Tickets will be sold at the regular ticket booth. Although the coaster is open again there is still work that needs to be done to keep it running for future summers. The Blue Streak will run during regular park operating hours for the Labor Day weekend. Park rides will also be operating during special event weekends in Sept and Oct (weather permitting). [Read More] [Discuss]
August 1, 2010 - Pepsi Refresh Project - Blue Streak Competing Again In August
After finishing at #15 for the month of July, the project to restore the Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park is once again in the running this month for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. To vote please click the "Read More" link below or text 100510 to Pepsi (73774). Work has been going on all summer long to restore this classic coaster but more funds are needed to finish the project. Voting ends August 31. Only the top 10 entries will win the prize so vote as often as possible! [Read More] [Discuss]
July 24, 2010 - Pepsi Refresh Project - Blue Streak - Update
With a week remaining in the competition the project to restore the Blue Streak is currently in 16th place. Only the top 10 entries will receive the $50,000 prize. Don't forget to vote every day! You can vote by visiting the "Read More" link below or by texting 100510 to Pepsi (73774). [Read More] [Discuss]
July 1, 2010 - Pepsi Refresh Project - Blue Streak
The project to repair & re-open the Blue Streak is competing with over 1000 other entries for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Only the top 10 ideas will win. One vote can be submitted per email address every day. Voting ends July 31. There is no charge to register or vote. Work has been ongoing to replace track on the coaster but more funding is needed to complete the project. Please vote for the Blue Streak! To vote click the "Read More" link below or use the widget at the top right on this page. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 27, 2010 - CLP opens for summer this weekend
Conneaut Lake Park will open for another summer season this weekend. Most of the park rides will be running and there is live entertainment planned for the entire weekend. There will be a volleyball tournament on the beach on Sunday. Admission to the park is free and all-day ride passes are $15. There will be fireworks Sunday night at 10pm. For more information please visit the official CLP website. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 4, 2009 - CLP water park open again.
Just in time for the 4th of July weekend the water park at CLP is open once again. Also making their 2009 debut are the Musik Express and Miniature Train. Rides will be open from 1pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday with fireworks Sunday at dusk on the Lake. For more information please visit the official CLP website HERE
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May 22, 2009 - Park reopens today
After 2 years of inactivity the rides at Conneaut Lake Park are once again in operation. The park opens today for the summer along with its Kiddieland and 9 adult rides. Rides open include the new Skydiver, Tilt-A-Whirl, Flying Scooters, Paratrooper, Tumble Bug, Bumper cars, Devil's Den, Witch’s Stew, Trabant and the Carousel. There's a lot planned this weekend at the park with live music at the Beach Club and on the lawn, Classic Iron's Do-Wopp Cruise-In each afternoon and a beach volleyball tournament on Sunday. For more information please visit the park's official website.
April 14, 2009 - Park rides to be in operation this summer!
At a public meeting tonight at the Crystal Ballroom in Hotel Conneaut the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park announced that 90% of the rides at the park will be in operation this summer. The classic Blue Streak roller coaster will require more work and is not expected to be ready until the 2010 season. The park will open Memorial Day weekend. [Read More]
October 23, 2008 - Volunteer Cleanup Weekend
The annual Fall Volunteer Cleanup Weekend will be held at the park this weekend, October 25 and 26. Fairway 12 has free rooms available for volunteers and Hotel Conneaut has rooms available at a discounted rate. Lunches will be provided both days. [Read More]
August 30, 2008 - Hotel Conneaut is open!
The Hotel Conneaut at Conneaut Lake Park is once again open and now accepting reservations. For more information or to make a reservation call 814-213-0120. There's plenty going on at the park this Labor Day weekend with live music at the Beach Club Saturday & Sunday, DJ Tony & Loby at the Down Under, a teen dance in Dockside Sunday night, and a Volleyball tournament on the beach Sunday afternoon. Watch the fireworks from the boardwalk Saturday at 9pm. [Read More] [Discuss]
August 21, 2008 - Beach Club Re-Opens this weekend!
The Beach Club and Down Under Bar at Conneaut Lake Park will officially re-open this weekend. Hours of operation for the Beach Club will be Friday, 4pm - 2am; Saturday 11am - 2am; Sunday 11am - 10pm. Down Under will open on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. [Discuss]
July 29, 2008 - Deal reached to lease parts of the park.
It was announced today that a group of 4 Conneaut Lake area businessmen have reached a deal with the CLP board of directors to lease portions of the park. Renovations to the Beach Club will begin immediately and the facility should be open by the end of August. Work will also begin on renovating the rooms at Hotel Conneaut soon with plans to open 60-80 rooms as the work completes. This deal will also help pay down the existing debt and construct a building to house new water filtration equipment for the park water system. A Haunted Park event is planned for October with the possibility of the Devils Den and Train rides being used. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 10, 2008 - Hollywood comes to CLP
A portion of the motion picture "The Road" will be filmed at CLP later this month. Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name, the post-apocalyptic film stars Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 8, 2008 - Former Park Bowling Alley Collapses
The building across the midway from the remains of the Dreamland Ballroom collapsed over the weekend. The building originally opened as a bowling alley prior to housing a fun house and the Ultimate Trip in it's final years. The building had been closed following a partial roof collapse in 2006. [Read More] [Discuss]
February 1, 2008 - Dreamland Ballroom destroyed by fire
The Dreamland Ballroom at Conneaut Lake Park is gone following an early morning fire at the park. Also destroyed in the fire were a section of midway buildings and important maintenance and storage areas. The park had no fire insurance coverage on the buildings. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. [Read More] [Discuss]
November 6, 2007 - Park board accepting lease proposals
The Conneaut Lake Park board of directors is accepting proposals from developers interested in leasing all or parts of the closed amusement park. Areas of the park available to lease include Hotel Conneaut, Beach Club and Dockside, Dreamland Ballroom, all the amusement rides, Camperland, midway and the marina. More information is available at www.clp-rfp.com.
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August 4, 2007 - Beach Club Open!
The Beach Club and Down Under bar at Conneaut Lake Park are now open for business. Hours of operation will be from 4 p.m. to close on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The rest of the park remains closed but the hotel may open later this year. The 17th annual Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkinfest is scheduled to be held at the park October 12-14. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 26, 2007 - Beach Club opening delayed
Citing "logistical problems" the CLP board of directors announced late Wednesday that Friday's anticipated opening of the Beach Club & Down Under bar will be delayed. No details were given regarding the problems but the board still hopes to have the facility open before the summer season ends. [Read More]
July 24, 2007 - Beach Club to open this weekend!
Following months of of waiting, part of Conneaut Lake Park will finally be re-opening. Thanks to funds raised by 2 Conneaut Lake businessmen, the Beach Club and Down Under bar will be opening on Friday, July 27. The facility will be managed by American Resort Inc. After this weekend the Beach Club will be open 4 days a week, Thu-Sun. The new park board plans to have Hotel Conneaut open sometime in August & also hopes to have the Kiddieland rides ready in time for Pumpkinfest this fall. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 4, 2007 - New board takes over
The new 15 member CLP board of trustees met in a closed session on Monday to begin the task of re-opening the financially troubled park. Officers were elected and it was announced that all refund requests submitted for weddings scheduled at the park will be honored. The board plans to meet again next week. [Read More] [Discuss]
June 9, 2007 - Stearns to remain park custodian until July 6
Court appointed custodian LeRoy Stearns will remain in control of Conneaut Lake Park until July 6, after that time a new park board will be appointed. The park was officially closed on May 23 but Stearns says that if sufficient funds are raised he will consider opening parts of the park. A benefit concert will be held today at the Fairway 12 Motel just down the road from the park. [Read More] [Discuss]
June 6, 2007 - Petition filed to create new park board
Attorney Dana Watson has filed a petition on behalf of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County which calls for a new 11-person park board to be appointed. The petition lists the names of 11 people to be considered for positions on the new board or as a new park custodian. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 23, 2007 - CLP will not open
It was announced this morning that the park will not open this summer. Efforts to raise the funds needed to open the park were unsuccessful and a last minute offer from a local buisness person turned out to be a loan which the park has said it would not accept. The activities scheduled for Memorial Day weekend have been cancelled and all employees have been laid off. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 22, 2007 - Decision on park's future expected today
CLP officials expect to announce by 11:00am today if the park will open as planned for the Memorial Day weekend. The announcement was postponed by 24 hours due to a last minute offer from an anonymous local business person offering to help fund the park's opening weekend. It is estimated that the park will need $30,000 to open as planned and over $100,000 to stay open through July 4. If the park does not have the funds to open, court-appointed custodian LeRoy Stearns plans to recommend to Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vardaro that the park be liquidated. [Read More]
April 26, 2007 - Token sale raises over $2K in first day
The first day of selling tokens in an effort to raise the funds needed to open the park was a busy one at Conneaut Lake Park. Close to 500 tokens were sold during the day. The park needs to sell nearly 60,000 by the middle of May to be able to open as planned. Tokens are available to purchase by calling the park or at several area businesses. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 23, 2007 - Judge rejects land sale
Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vardaro has rejected the parks proposal to sell 3.3 acres of land. The sale would have given the park the funding it needed to open this summer as well as paid outstanding debts. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 12, 2007 - Public offers input on zoning changes
Summit Township supervisors heard input from the public last night regarding the proposed zoning changes which would allow CLP to proceed with the sale of 3.3 acres of lakefront property. The board heard opinions both in support of and opposed to the change. A vote on the changes is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 5, 2007 - Significant errors found in CLP master plan
The master plan for the future development of Conneaut Lake Park has been found to contain significant errors. Inconsistencies were found in details regarding leases to some properties, the park water system and the future planned uses of some areas. Most importantly the plan does not seem to include much space for parking lots; something which would be vital to an amusement park. The plan was prepared by the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County and was funded by a $140,000 state grant. [Read More] [Discuss]
March 31, 2007 - Condo developer challenges decision
Greg Sutterlin, the developer seeking a zoning change that would allow condos to be built in Conneaut Lake Park responded to a decision made by the Crawford County Planning Commission. The commission rejected the plan on Wednesday. If the proposed sale is not finalized the park's existing debt would increase approximately $200 per day while the historic amusement resort sits idle this summer. [Read More]
March 30, 2007 - Land sale proposal formally submitted
Conneaut Lake Park has formally submitted to the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas a plan that would allow the park to sell 3.3 acres of land to developer Greg Sutterlin. The plan would allow the park to reduce existing debt and enable it to open in 2007. [Read More] [Discuss]
March 29, 2007 - Zoning commision rejects proposed changes
The Crawford County Planning Commission has rejected a proposed zoning law change that would clear the way for the sale of the former Flynn property to proceed. The decision is not binding and will be submitted to Summit Twonship supervisors for consideration. The proposed changes would allow up to 10 housing units per acre, rather than the current limit of 6. If the sale does not proceed it is very unlikely that the park will open for the summer of 2007.
March 8, 2007 - Zoning amendment clears way for land sale
Summit Township supervisors approved a change to zoning regulations to allow CLP to proceed with a proposed land sale which would give the park the funding to open this summer. [Discuss]
March 1, 2007 - Master plan filed, Stearns to step down
The Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County has filed a long awaited master operating plan for the future of Conneaut Lake Park. Court-appointed overseer LeRoy Stearns has announced he plans to step down from that position within 25 days in preparation for a new park board to be assembled. [Read More] [Discuss]
January 12, 2007 - CLP nearing deal on sale of Flynn site
Conneaut Lake Park has received an acceptable bid on the lakefront property it hopes to sell in order to pay off most of its $2.2 million debt. Under the proposal condos would be built on the site. The exact number of units will be determined once the land is surveyed. The area also includes 4 homes on leased land. The buyer has said he would not force the homeowners to leave. The oldest building on park property, the McClure House would be also be part of the sale and would be preserved if possible. The funds received from the sale would allow CLP to open this spring. [Read More] [Discuss]
December 2, 2006 - CLP land sale fails to attract buyers
A plan to sell a parcel of lakefront property in order to eliminate a large portion of outstanding debt has hit a roadblock. Only 2 proposals were received but they involved much larger portions of the park and were rejected by CLP management. If the park is unable to attract an acceptable offer for the property it is not likely to be open in the summer of 2007. [Read More]
November 11, 2006 - CLP accepting proposals for land sale
Conneaut Lake Park has begun advertising to attract interest in 3.3 acres of lakefront property it wishes to sell to pay its outstanding debt. The land for sale is the former site of the Flynn House, the residence of the Flynn family when they owned the park. Proposals will be accepted until 5pm on November 30. [Read More]
November 11, 2006 - Leased docks to remain
Conneaut Lake Park will continue to offer leased dock space to boaters even after the former Flynn property is sold. The docks will likely be moved to an area near the Hotel Conneaut. [Read More]
November 1, 2006 - Park debt rises over $2 Million
A financial report covering the period from Jan 1 to Oct 15 has showed that Conneaut Lake Park lost $225K so far this year. The figures do not include any revenue generated during PumpkinFest or future revenues from the Holiday in the Park event. Significant areas of the park did show a profit this year. Rides, Camperland, Midway Games & Food, Picnics and Parking all finished the summer in the black. Dreamland Ballroom, Elizabeth's Restaurant and some emergency repairs accounted for the majority of the park's losses. [Read More]
October 8, 2006 - Classic darkride gets a new home in '07
The historic Frightzone darkride from the now defunct Erieview Park will have a new home at Conneaut Lake Park beginning in the summor of 2007. The ride was purchased at auction by a private collector and will be leased to CLP. Work is already underway to prepare a section of the midway to house the ride. [Read More] [Discuss]
August 16, 2006 - CLP enforces beach alcohol ban
CLP management has begun enforcing a long standing rule prohibiting alcoholic beverages on it's public beach. The decision was made to increase public safety on the beach at times when no lifeguard is on duty. The beach will remain "dry" through the end of the season. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 19, 2006 - Blue Streak Marathon
This year's Blue Streak Marathon only had 6 registered riders due to the event being postponed when the coaster was struck by lightning in June. Despite the low number of riders over $2000 was raised for maintenance of the classic coaster. [Read More] [Discuss]
July 19, 2006 - Fundraiser reaches goal
CLP's Brick-by-Brick campaign has raised an impressive $57,700; more than enough to complete repairs to the Miniature Train ride. The decorative bricks which were sold will line the walkway to the ride's station and are expected to be in place by the end of August. [Read More]
July 8, 2006 - The Bug is BACK!!
Following years of donations and repairs the Tumble Bug ride at Conneaut Lake Park is once again operational. The 24 seats on the first ride were auctioned to raise money for future maintenance of the ride. CLP's Bug is the oldest of the 2 still operating in the world. [Read More]
July 3, 2006 - Train ride returns to CLP
Thanks to tremendous support from the community the Miniature Train ride is once again operational at Conneaut Lake Park. A buy-a-brick fundraising campaign as well as donations from local businesses made Sunday's ribbon cutting ceremony possible. [Read More]
June 29, 2006 - Fundraising campaign nearing goal
The Brick-by-Brick campaign is nearing it's goal of $36,500. To date $31,600 has been raised. The funds were being raised to make repairs to the park's Miniature Train ride. Repairs have been completed and the ride will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 2. Bricks will still be available for purchase until the final goal is reached. [Read More] [Discuss]
June 28, 2006 - 200 Acre resort planned near park
The proposed development would include a marina, condominiums, golf course and possibly other facilities. It would located just up the road from Conneaut Lake Park where a mobile home park and Park Golf Course now sit. [Read More] [Discuss]
June 28, 2006 - Blue Streak back in operation
The spare motor has been installed and the Blue Streak is back up and running as of noon today [Read More] [Discuss]
June 22, 2006 - Blue Streak struck by lightning
On Thursday afternoon the Blue Streak's lift chain was struck by lightning. The electricity travelled down the chain to the motor. The structure of the coaster was not damaged and there were no injuries. A spare motor will be intstalled and the coaster is expected to reopen by the middle of next week. [Read More] [Discuss]
June 20, 2006 - Long-range planning begins
A state grant has allowed contracts to be awarded to attorneys, accountants and surveyors to begin establishing a long-range plan for the development of the park. [Discuss]
June 17, 2006 - Park to hold Community Appreciation Night
On Wednesday, June 21st Conneaut Lake Park will hold a special Community Appreciation night. Parking & Rides will be free from 6-10pm. The event is being held to pay back the community for the support it has given the park for the past several years.
June 14, 2006 - Former owner's claims groundless
Conneaut Lake Park's former owner has repeatedly filed objections to interfere in the park's plans. However, Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vardaro has ignored his filings because it was previously determined that he has no legal standing. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 29, 2006 - Opening weekend crowds exceed expectations
Thousands crowded Conneaut Lake Park Saturday and Sunday as the park began it's 114th season. The larger than expected turnout caused Elizabeth's Restaurant to literally run out of food and close early on Sunday. [Read More]
May 26, 2006 - Opening Day!
Conneaut Lake Park's 114th summer season begins today! New at the park this year are a totally revamped games midway, the return of a sightseeing boat to the lake, and the return of some favorite rides. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 12, 2006 - Loan approved, park will open on time
Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vardaro has ensured Conneaut Lake Park will open on schedule this year by clearing the way for it to close on a $250,000 loan. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 4, 2006 - Park secures loan, awaits judges approval
On Wednesday CLP secured a $250,000 loan and park employees returned to work preparing the park for it's Memorial Day weekend opening. The park still must get court approval for the loan. [Read More]
May 3, 2006 - CLP likely to secure loan
It appears that Conneaut Lake Park has once again cheated death. The park is expected to finalize a loan agreement today that will provide the funds the park needs to open this summer. All 30 park employees have been called back to work. [Read More] [Discuss]
May 1, 2006 - Loan falls through, park might not open
The anticipated bank loan has fallen through and unless the park can find a way to get $250,000 by Friday May 5 it WILL NOT open this summer. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 29, 2006 - Judge approves sale, park will open on time
Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Vardaro approved the parks plan to sell three acres of property which will allow them to secure a loan that will provide the funds needed to open the park this summer. The judge ruled that the sale must be part of a comprehensive plan for the economic development of the park. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 27, 2006 - Elizabeth's Restaurant opens Friday
Elizabeth's Restaurant at the Hotel Conneaut will open Friday, April 28. The menu will be expanded from what had been offered in the past. Work continues around the park in preparation for the projected Memorial Day opening. [Discuss]
April 26, 2006 - Carousel Ball to be held as planned
The Carousel Ball will be held this Friday as planned at the Hotel Conneaut regardless of any decisions made regarding the park's opening. The event is sponsored by the Conneaut Lake Institute and proceeds will used for maintenance of the park's Carousel. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 25, 2006 - Park's opening date in doubt
Park officials expect a judge to rule by Friday April 28 on whether or not CLP can proceed with the sale of three acres of lakefront property. If the sale is approved the park will seek a $250,000 loan which will be secured by the future profits from the sale. The sale of the land is expected to enable the park to eliminate its entire $1.9 million debt. The properties considered for sale are the site of the former Flynn House and the McClure House which has fallen into disrepair and was condemned by Summit Township. If the sale is not approved the park will have to consider delaying its opening weekend or only opening parts of the park. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 22, 2006 - Sprinkler upgrades completed
Renovations on the Hotel Conneaut's 1,500 sprinkler heads has been completed and will inspected on monday. The work was required before the hotel could be approved for occupancy.
April 18, 2006 - Fundraiser nearing important milestone
The Brick by Brick fundraiser has nearly raised enough money to cover the cost of the materials neeeded to repair the miniature train ride. Just 15 more bricks need to be sold before the park can place the order for new ties for the ride

UPDATE: As of April 19 the total raised is $14,550 -- which is enough to allow the park to order the rest of the needed materials. Another $41,450 is needed to cover labor. The ride is expected to be open by July 4. [Read More] [Discuss]
April 8, 2006 - CLP seeking loan to prepare for opening
CLP officials intend to seek a $350,000 loan to prepare the park to open this summer. The loan would pay for items such as supplies and prizes for the midway games, gift shop supplies, and food supplies. It would also pay maintenance, groundkeeping and management staff. [Discuss]
April 7, 2006 - PA Lt. Governor visits CLP
PA Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll toured Conneaut Lake Park on Thursday. The visit marked the first time in over seven decades that a high-ranking PA official has visited the park on official business. [Read More]
April 3, 2006 - Volunteers spend weekend cleaning up CLP
A team of volunteers spent the weekend at Conneaut Lake Park painting, raking leaves and doing other clean-up work to help the park get ready for the summer. It was the first of two volunteer weekends organized by the Conneaut Lake Institute. The second clean-up weekend is May 6-7. [Read More]
April 2, 2006 - Flynn House demolished via controlled burn
Firefighters from 9 departments took part in a controlled burn exercise to demolish the remains of the Flynn House at Conneaut Lake Park. The house had been damaged by a fire in the fall of 2005 and was determined to be too deteriorated to be rebuilt. The park decided to demolish the structure. Bids are being accepted for removal of the debris and it is expected that the 376 feet of lakefront property will sold for the development of condominiums. [Read More]
April 2, 2006 - New sternwheeler to call Conneaut Lake home
A century long Conneaut Lake tradition will be given new life this summer. Conneaut Lake Park has negotiated a contract that allows the 43 foot paddlewheel boat to dock at the Hotel Conneaut and the park will recieve a percentage of the ticket sales. The most recent sightseeing boat to cruise the lake was the Barbara J which was retired in 2001. The new boat was purchased from the Ottawa Riverboat Co. in Ottawa, IL by Fisher 1 L.L.C. and will arrive at Conneaut Lake by the end of next week. The boat will be available for daytime tour cruises and private parties, and it can hold 49 passengers. A naming and christening ceremony is to take place during the park's opening weekend May 26-28. Ideas for names may be emailed to clp7289@verizon.net, the deadline for entries is April 7, 2006.
March 26, 2006 - CLP purchases materials for train ride
The Brick-by-Brick fundraiser has allowed the park to begin to purchase the materials needed to complete repairs on it's miniature train ride. Over $7,000 has been raised to date and the order has been placed for replacement rails and spikes. Local businesses have been using collection cans to assist Conneaut Lake Park with it's fundraising effort. [Read More]
March 25, 2006 - Sprinkler system upgrade to delay hotel opening
The opening of the Hotel Conneaut & Elizabeth's Restaurant will be delayed by a few weeks due to work being done on the sprinkler system. According to an past agreement between the park's former overseer and the Sadsbury Township building code officer, one quarter of the hotel's 1,000 sprinkler heads were to replaced every year beginning 5 years ago. This work was never done and the park's current general manager was not aware of the agreement until a recent inspection. Due to the hotel's seasonal operating schedule it's sprinkler systems must be tested before it opens every spring. Replacement of the sprinkler heads is estimated to cost between $15,000 and $25,000. The money will come out of the $500,000 the park needs to open this summer. The building code states that the sprinkler heads must be replaced after 50 years. The park plans to have the hotel open in time for events scheduled for the ballroom on the third weekend in April.
March 17, 2006 - CLP recieves $175K Grant
The Economic Progress Alliance will receive a $175,000 planning grant to develop a master plan to re-establish Conneaut Lake Park as a premier tourism destination. Located in Sadsbury and Summit townships, the project will entail using professional service providers to enhance the tourist experience. Funds will be used for a development plan, including facility and infrastructure assessments, financial and operational assessments, a legal review, engineering pre-design, and site analyses. The total planning costs is estimated at $175,000. [Read More]
February 21, 2006 - CLP begins fundraiser to restore train ride
The park is starting a buy-a-brick fundraising campaign to raise the nearly $56,000 needed to restore it's miniature train ride. The bricks will pave the path to the ride's station. Each engraved brick will cost $100 and can be purchased [HERE] [Read More]
February 21, 2006 - CLP's debt nearly $850K lower than previously thought
Conneaut Lake Park's debt is approximately $848,000 less than had been previously estimated. The inaccuracy was due to a series of accounting errors made by the park's previous management teams. Some debts were listed twice & other debts that had been paid were still shown as outstanding. [Read More]
February 19, 2006 - Three Rides To Return
Three rides will be returning to Conneaut Lake Park this summer. The Tempest, Tumble Bug and Miniature Train are expected to be in operation when the park opens on Memorial Day weekend. [Read More]
February 14, 2006 - Public Meeting Scheduled
A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 20 at 7:30 pm at the Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department Hall. The park's court-appointed overseer LeRoy Stearns and manager George Deshner will be present to discuss plans for the future of the park. The event is hosted by the Conneaut Lake Historic Society and the public is encouraged to attend free of charge. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

2005

December 18, 2005 - Improved accounting system will help park
The park will implement a new improved accounting system in January in order to get a clearer picture of where the park stands financially. [Read More]
December 8, 2005 - Park sinks deeper into debt
Preliminary figures show that Conneaut Lake Park sunk $650K deeper into debt as of September 1, 2005. [Read More]
December 6, 2005 - McClure house awaits it's fate
The oldest building in Conneaut Lake Park has been condemned and it slated to be torn down. The McClure house had been used in the past as a dormitory for the park's employees. Estimates on restoring the home are as high as $500K. [Read More]
November 27, 2005 - Holiday events raise funds for park
Over 70 decorated trees in the Hotel Conneaut's ballroom are the highlight of the park's Holiday in the Park event. Many of the trees will be auctioned to help the park. [Read More]
November 16, 2005 - CLP seeks $200K grant
CLP will be working with the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County to obtain a $200K grant that will assist the park with planning & preparations for the future. [Read More]
January 1, 2005 - CLP offers financial plan for 2005
CLP's board of directors submitted a financial plan outlining how the park will open without borrowing more money and begin paying off it's considerable debt. [Read More]

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