Lakemont Park

700 Park Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

Operating since 7/4/1893

Telephone: +1 814-949-7275

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Existing Roller Coasters (4)

Defunct Roller Coasters (3)

Gravity RoadWoodSit Down5/12/18941901
Mad MouseSteelSit Down1993 or earlier2003
TwisterWoodSit Down5/28/19271935


Former names:Boyertown USA (5/23/1986 to 7/1/1988)
Lakemont Park (1893 to 5/22/1986)
Former status:SBNO during 1936
Operated from 7/4/1893 to 1935
Categories:Trolley Park
History:On May 2, 1936, the Logan Valley Railway company announced that Lakemont had been suffering losses for many consecutive years. While they used to be able to afford taking the hit, they no longer could. They wanted to donate the park to a local municipal authority, otherwise they would close the park. They had no interest in selling the park to another for-profit company. The park never officially opened in 1936. A substantial "Save Lakemont Park" campaign began in February 1937. A fund was created by the local Chamber of Commerce, but it required $10,000 in donations. They were able to raise the money and officially reopen the park in 1937.
Notes:Many references state Lakemont Park opened in 1894.  This appears to be in error as a July 1st, 1893 article in the Altoona Tribune, writes that the Fifth Regiment drum corps, of Altoona, had a parade on Friday, June 29, 1893, as an early celebration to the grand opening of Lakemont Park on July 4, 1893. That is followed by many articles from July through October 1893, which speak about groups having events at Lakemont Park.

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