NAPHA to visit four classic Midwest amusement parks
I had the opportunity to visit Indiana Beach a couple times in the 90s and thoroughly enjoyed it! I found it to be charming, quirky, and nostalgic, lovingly maintained, with a great selection of coasters and other rides.
Another park in a similar class I just visited a week ago is Lakeside Park in Denver. I have a strong sense of urgency for the preservation of this marvelous park! One of the few trolley parks left in existence, it showcases outstanding Art Deco architecture and signage that promotes an atmosphere of days gone by. A wonderful collection of vintage rides dot the park proper at the edge of a picturesque lake. However, it seems to have been hit hard by the decay of time and trials of the pandemic. Many of the rides are disassembled or dormant, likely due to lack of staffing or parts. The park’s headliner coaster “Cyclone” is currently grounded, because of an unfortunate and suspicious recent lawsuit. Many of the structures, including the iconic jewel tower beg for a fresh coat of paint and replacement lighting. I fear that, without a super hero to step in, the developers who are clamoring to build condos on the land will eventually get their way and this once glorious park will be lost to the ages.