9/27: Remembering the Sights & Sounds of Euclid Beach Park

Euclid Beach Park closed in 1969 after 75 seasons. With the growing trend toward super-parks, the amusement parks that had sprung up in the late 1800s and early 1900s rapidly disappeared: Canton’s Meyers Lake in 1974, Youngstown’s Idora Park in 1978, Medina’s Chippewa Lake in 1984. Euclid Beach is remembered with particular affection and has had a lingering afterlife — in a book (Euclid Beach Park Is Closed for the Season), Euclid Beach taffy and popcorn balls (which are sold in many area stores) and a club called Euclid Beach Park Now, which for the fifth year is sponsoring Remembering the Sights & Sounds of Euclid Beach Park. It takes place at the site of the former park at 16301 Lakeshore Blvd. from 1-5 p.m. and includes walking tours with the locations of the old rides marked with pictures (and in some cases, pieces of the rides themselves), refreshments, games, artwork, artifacts, and Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Coaster Car rides. There’ll also be a car show called “Cars We Drove to Euclid Beach,” featuring vintage rides from 1969 and earlier. It’s all free. Go to euclidbeach.com for more info. — Anastasia Pantsios

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