Bainbridge Township Police are politely asking/warning people not to trespass into the abandoned, “Walking Dead”-like Geauga Lake amusement park. Their public request comes after a spike in illegal tourism this year, which is not entirely surprising given Geauga Lake's mystique and nostalgic hold on Northeast Ohio and/or, more likely, it's reputation as a ruin porn destination.
So far in 2016, 46 people have been cited with trespassing at the former Cedar Fair park, Bainbridge Township Sgt. Frank Chickos told WEWS
. (If 46 were caught, you can only imagine what the real number of trespassers is.) A trespassing citation is a fourth-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum charge of 30 days in jail or a $250 fine.
If there's one big draw, it's one that was also a big draw back when the park was operation: the Big Dipper.
"Basically it’s a big piece of rotting wood," Sgt. Frank Chickos told the station. ‘My fear is that somebody is going to fall through a piece of broken wood and get injured.’”