Readers' Opinions

From Rob Pastor on October 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM
I lived within a 20 minute drive to Cedar Point in the early to mid 70's and visited the park quite often. Back then you could see a lot of similarities to Disneyland concepts. But over the years most of those attractions and areas were discarded and the park slowly evolved into primarily a coaster park. But it still remains a beautiful park due to it's scenic setting.
From Annette Forrest on October 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM
Boy, do I love this new series of articles. Keep them coming! I love learning this history. You should do a future article on Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland.

My nephew went to medical school at Case Western and in Cleveland anyone who is in their 50s and above goes on and on about Euclid Beach Park, some kind of special popcorn they had there, etc. That place was torn down and made into ugly condo buildings in the 60s and 70s. Just like what you said they wanted to do to Cedar Point. It appears that was a thing people did...turn amusement parks into residential for some reason. Not sure why.

All that is left of Euclid Beach Park is the entrance gates. We drove by there when we were up for my nephew's graduation and now there's a senior citizen building and public housing on the land that used to be the amusement park. Very sad.

Can't wait until the next awesome column. I am learning a lot!!! :)

From James Koehl on October 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Great article, Derek! I think that they have a map in the Town Hall Museum that shows the grid plan for streets on Cedar Point if the residential idea had happened. Personally I can't think of a worse place to live year round- imagine how bad the winter storms coming in off of Lake Erie would be for residents!
From 98.27.137.237 on October 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM
I've been going to Cedar Point ever since I moved to Ohio. I haven't missed in more than 25 years. I'm 66 now and I ride ever coaster in the park. It is an awesome place where I love taking my grandkids.
From Robert Niles on October 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM
So Cedar Point owes its existence to... Walt Disney? I think some coaster fans' heads just exploded. ;^) Great story.