Chippewa Lake Park
Chippewa Lake (near Medina), Medina county, OH
|Date Opened: 1878
Date Closed: 1978
Location: County route 19 north of Eastlake Avenue
Remains: Most of the park & rides!
Trolley Park: ?
About 5PM on Thursday, June 13, 2002, the Chippewa Lake Park Ballroom, which has been standing idle, has burned down. The park closed in the late 70s and has sat dormant since then. Arson is suspected.
Chippewa Lake Park was basically just abandoned with many of the rides still standing. The park was home to 3 roller coasters - A Wild Mouse, A steel kiddie coaster named the Little Dipper and a larger wooden coaster. The wood coaster was earlier named the Big Dipper but was referred to as just "Coaster" in the later years. The ride was built about 1924 or 1925 by Fred Pearce. It is amazing that a Tumble Bug is still there considering how rare this ride is (only three in the US and one in the UK).
There have been several locations listed for this park, usually as Cleveland. It is actually located at Chippewa Lake and is near the towns of Medina and Lodi, quite a bit Southwest of Cleveland. The park is due North of the juction of Interstate 71 and Interstate 76. In my opinion, it is possible that the park was not a Trolley Park but instead a Railroad Park, since the B&O Railroad runs directly behind the park. Joel Styer - Nov. 1998
|State of the park in 1997
The following is a description of the park as it appeared in 1997 that was originally posted on the rec.roller-coaster newsgroup. It accompanies the photos at the bottom of this page and is used with permission from the author.
I was very excited to go into an abandoned amusement park. But in
retrospect, I am also a bit ashamed. In my eagerness to see the park up close, I
trespassed in a person's yard, and was probably technically trespassing in the park
itself, even though a neighbor said it would be OK. I understand that security around the
park has been increased in the past year, and I hope I didn't contribute to that.
While in the park, I also took some risks I probably shouldn't have. Some rides and
buildings were in a dangerous state of collapse, and I should have stayed away.
Click on any picture to see it full size
All photos are from the Spring of 1997
|Roller Coaster (Big Dipper or Coaster)|
|The lift hill||The lift hill||Dip|
|Overgrowth||Hill||Trees growing through hill|
|Trees growing in track||Structure taken over by growth||Buildings at coaster|
|Turnaround||Turnaround||Close-up of turnaround|
|Turnaround||Turnaround & Car||Turnaround|
|Turnaround||Yep, there is a coaster in there|
|An early standup model? Uh, no.||Trees growing through dip||Brake run on left|
|The coaster is in there||Brake run||Brake run|
|Front of coaster car||Note lap bar mechanism||Four bench cars|
|Underside showing brakes & chain dogs||Train in tunnel||Tunnel - ready to collapse|
|Transfer table||Note crash doors similar to a dark ride||Part of the tunnel has collapsed|
|Station||Station||Outside of station|
|Station showing Big Ol' Brake Levers|
|Lift hill of Little Dipper (Steel Kiddie Coaster)||Little Dipper||Little Dipper car "protected" indoors|
|Wild Mouse||Lift hill of Wild Mouse||Cupola sitting inside Wild Mouse structure|
|Wild Mouse car||Another Wild Mouse car||A Tumble Bug with cars still on track - appears to be a Turtle|
|Ferris Wheel||Another view of Ferris Wheel||Swinging Gyms or Swinging Cages|
|Tree in train tracks!||Rides||Rides|
|Ticket Booth||Another Ticket Booth||Appears to be a stage|
|Restrooms||Building||Collapsed Building possibly a Carousel building|
|Burned building||Burned building||Burned Filing Cabinet|
|A Grand Trunk RR Caboose||Inside of Caboose||Buildings|
|Lake seen through pavilion||Signs used to close up openings - note the word "toilets" used|
|"Stuff" in Ballroom||"Stuff" in Ballroom||Large, old horn speaker|
|"Stuff" in Ballroom||"Stuff" in Ballroom||100th Anniversary cup - the park never made it to 101.|
More Information on Chippewa Lake Park:
Thanks to Dave Sandborg for sharing his trip report and pictures
© 1998-2000 Joel W Styer. All
rights reserved. Updated Friday, June 14, 2002
Story & photos © 1997 by Dave Sandborg