Canton, Ohio - Meyers Lake Amusement Park - R.I.P.
Our retro tour of America has a special place in my heart with this stop in Canton, Ohio. I was born in Akron, Ohio, but we lived in North Canton. I have heard many stories about how great Meyers Lake used to be. When my mom was a little girl, her family used to go there every year because her dad worked for Goodyear and Goodyear would have their annual company picnic there. From what I have seen online, Meyers Lake was a popular site for other company picnic days too.
Does any company do that anymore? A company picnic? A company fun day? When I was a girl my dad worked for a company that had an annual picnic, and I remember going to a company picnic with a friend of mine for the company her mom worked for, but I never see or hear of company picnics anymore. I don't think there are many company Christmas parties anymore either. Or, bonus pens, bonus watches, etc.
My grandpa had a tradition that he hid a penny in a tree at Meyers Lake, and every year they would go back and check that tree to see if the penny was still there. Although all the rides have been torn down, I can't help but wonder if the tree is still standing, with my grandpa's penny still hidden in it's place. Although I wasn't even born yet during that tradition, I can't help but feel very sentimental about that penny.
My grandpa won a Chinese lamp there playing a game. I wish I could see what that 50's Chinese lamp looked like! I don't think they give out lamps as prizes in amusement parks these days.
The end of the video is sad to see what happened to those rides that brought people so much happiness over the years, from the flying rockets to the wooden Comet roller coaster. Meyers Lake Park closed in 1974.
Credits: swampfoxer for the video, and swampfoxer wrote "Thanks to the Sinclair & Garner child for allowing the use of these video clips which I edited and shuffled about with a new audio track."
Edit: I originally posted this blog entry in 2009, but wanted to bump it to the top to kick off the summer of 2013 with great summer memories! Your comments have really touched my heart. I wish there was a whole collection of videos from Meyers Lake! If I find more, I will certainly post them here! If anyone has any links to any photos of your visits to Meyers Lake, please post links to them here!
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