Chippewa Lake Amusement Park is off of 82 Big Injun Trail, the village of Chippewa Lake, Medina County, Ohio.
Chippewa Lake Amusement Park began in the 1840’s and was allegedly called Andrew’s Pleasure Grounds. Chippewa Lake Park and resort established itself in 1879 when it was advertised as a family beachfront getaway. It grew to have more and bigger rides as well as offer entertainment attractions, concessions, dance room and a hotel.
Some of the rides included The Big Dipper and The Tumblebug coaster. The Tumblebug is stated to be 1 of 2 of these rides left in the world.
There is a rumor that Parker Beach, the last of the Beach’s to own Chippewa Lake Park, requested to be buried at the amusement park, but it is believed to have never of happened.
In 1978, Chippewa Lake Amusement Park celebrated its 100th anniversary and its year of closing at the same time. The amusement park was fenced off and boarded up afterwards and began to fall into decay and disrepair. Several buildings and rides were engulfed by trees and the Grand Ballroom was burned down through arson in 2002.
The 2010 movie, Closed for the Season, was filmed at the abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park.
2 developers from the Chippewa Lake area were interested in purchasing the property in 2013. Scott and Brain Jones had plans to turn the park into an entertainment spot with a pavilion and camp sites. The plan was to have it open and running by 2015, the future of the park is still uncertain.
Where is the abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement park located? You can find it with these coordinates. 41.062598,-81.902739.
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