I had to laugh at this one... Yet another optimistic individual has proposed a plan to generate an insane amount of money to attempt and reopen Geauga Lake, which closed in 2007. A little background for those not familiar to the story of this park, Geauga Lake operated for over 100 years beginning as a family summer resort. After many years of success, different theme park chains purchased the park, and overdeveloped it to a point that it could not sustain running costs.
Six Flags is the culprit of this poor business model, and tried to cut their losses by selling to Cedar Fair, their largest targeted competitor, as Cedar Point was only about an hour away. Unable to turn things around, the dry side of the park was closed in 2007, and the water park side finally closed in 2016.
Since then, the grounds have been subjected to abandonment and slow demolition. The only attraction left standing was the classic Big Dipper wooden roller coaster, built in 1925, but it was finally demolished as of last year. Cedar Fair had no intentions to reopen the park or sell off to another theme park chain, as it could pose a threat of lost revenue to Cedar Point. They plan on selling the land to a developer looking to build something more along the lines of a community project.
Of course, the whole story is a sad one, as no park should ever have to close due to having too much land or attractions. A GoFundMe has been set up by Brian Roote, a local 22 year old community college student, who is expecting to raise $20 million in order to purchase the land.
This wonderful graphic drawn with crayon shows the initial "plan" for the park. No rides will be involved, and the grounds would be rehabilitated and feature activities for families to do. Not only that, but once the $20 million is finally reached, an additional $430 million would need to be raised to invest in actual attractions.
Now let's pause before going any further. $20 million just to buy the land, and it's not even a guarantee that Cedar Fair is going to sell it for another hopeful theme park to open. That's IF that amount of money is even possible to be raised. This guy might make a few thousand dollars from this GoFundMe, which I hope that people won't fall for this trap, but I highly doubt he would be able to crack the hundred thousand dollar barrier, let alone $20 million.
His costs are just random numbers thrown out there, with no studies, design firms, or any other figures to back them up. He only has a hand drawn map as his concept, and it looks extremely small. Roote hasn't even graduated from community college yet, and seems to be the only person helping out with this campaign.
I could continue to go on and on about why this plan won't work, but it's time to let Geauga Lake be a park of the history. It's proximity to other major resorts and vast amount of land made it unfeasible to continue operating.
I just thought that it would be a funny little article to share. I have also heard that Roote has been deleting any comments or concerns posted on the account's webpage, even though they are more realistic than his entire plan.