Hidden on a lakeshore in Medina County is one of the state's most unique forgotten treasures: the abandoned amusement park called Chippewa Lake. What you'll find there today is the tragic shell of a once-glorious family fun park, one with a history going back to the 1840s. The crying shame is that it's been reduced to an inadequately-fenced-off stretch of acres, overgrown with every imaginable form of vegetation native to this state and festooned with faded NO TRESPASSING signs. Don't let those signs throw you, though; getting past the fences and into this astonishing ruin is about as easy as following a path through some sparse woods. And the people who live along here don't seem to mind much, as long as you're not there to vandalize. They've had a few fires set by the malicious or careless in recent years, and they try to keep an eye on the park, but they must know the futility of guarding it from sightseers. After all, it is quite a unique place to live. How many neighborhoods can there possibly be with an abandoned roller coaster in the backyard?
By kjfitz @ 2008-04-07 17:52:20