Geauga Lake's Big Dipper to be demolished

Geauga Lake's Big Dipper to be demolished

GEAUGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Another piece of Geauga Lake is no more-- wooden roller coaster Big Dipper will be demolished within the next few weeks.

Geauga Lake was closed in 2007, and remaining waterpark Wildwater Kingdom was closed on Sept. 5, upsetting many locals. The Big Dipper, which was the largest wooden roller coaster in the world when it was built in 1925, has been standing since Geauga Lake closed, but has not been in operation.

According to Bainbridge Township trustee Jeffrey Markely, the decision to demolish the coaster came in part after Cedar Fair officials determined it had become too dangerous to leave in place, as it was frequented by trespassers who risked injury exploring the decomposing structure.

Markely said that, while there is no "master plan" regarding what will happen to the Geauga Lake land, he wants to create a site that brings back memories of what Geauga Lake used to be. To that end, Cedar Fair will keep a section of Big Dipper's track, some ride cars and other memorabilia.

There is no exact date for the demolition to begin.

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