LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park Logo.jpg
Location
Middletown, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 10, 1922 to 2002
Previous names Americana Park (1978 - 2001)
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park

LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park was an amusement park in Middletown, Ohio, USA.

History

In 1949, the park was expanded. The Rock-O-Plane, Parade of Fun funhouse, and an amusement arcade were all added.[1]

The park was renamed Americana Park in 1978.

In February 1996, the park was acquired by Park River Corporation, owner of another Ohio amusement park, Coney Island.[2] However in January 2000, Park River announced that due to lower than expected attendance, Americana Park would not reopen.[3] In May 2000, it was sold to Jerry Couch, who owned a nearby RV dealership. Couch announced his plan to reopen the amusement park under its original name in August. The reopening was pushed back to April 2001 and again to 2002.[4]

The park closed a week earlier than expected in 2002. Park owner Jerry Couch stated he planned to open the park under new management in 2003.[5] It did not reopen and many attractions were left standing but not operating.

In May 2006, Couch confirmed that the park would not reopen, announcing his intention to expand his RV dealership and sell the remaining rides at LeSourdsville Lake. Couch stated that he had lost $500,000 after opening the park in 2002.[6] The Screechin' Eagle roller coaster was demolished in August 2011.[7]

Former roller coasters

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Jack Rabbit Unknown Kiddie 1955 1967 Unknown
Little Dipper Allan Herschell Company Kiddie 1968 2002 Relocated to Sluggers & Putters
Screechin' Eagle Unknown Wooden May 19, 1940 2002 Scrapped
Serpent SDC Sit-Down 1989 2002 Relocated to Kokomo's Family Fun Center
Wild Mouse Adolph Heinrich Wild Mouse 1961 Unknown Unknown
unknown Unknown Kiddie 1952 Unknown Unknown

Former attractions

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Brass Ring Carousel Unknown Carousel 1996 2002 Unknown
Demolition Derby Barbieri Dodgems May 1990 Unknown Unknown
Dodgem Unknown Dodgems 1940 May 1988 Destroyed by fire
Electric Rainbow Unknown Round-Up 1998 or earlier 1998 or later Unknown
Calypso Robles Bouso Atracciones Calypso 1972 2002 Relocated to Fun Spot
Flying Coaster Aero-Affiliates Flying Coaster 1963 1986 Unknown
Flying Scooters Bisch-Rocco Flying Scooters 1998 or earlier 2002 Unknown
Roaring Thunder Log Flume Unknown Log Flume 1984 2002 Unknown
Rock-O-Plane Eyerly Aircraft Company Rock-O-Plane 1949 2002 Relocated to Coney Island
Scenic Ride Unknown Unknown 1940 1955 Unknown
Scrambler Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 1998 or earlier 2002 Unknown
Space Combat Unknown Jets 1968 1993 Unknown
Sky Ride Universal Design Ropeway 1965 2002 Scrapped
Tempest Grover Watkins Tempest 1998 1998 or later Relocated to Coney Island
Tilt-a-Whirl Sellner Manufacturing Tilt-A-Whirl 2002 or earlier 2002 Unknown
Whip Unknown Whip 1998 or earlier 2002 Unknown
Zipper Chance Rides Zipper Unknown 2002 Unknown

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