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« Reply #11280 on: May 21, 2018, 11:11:42 AM »
I have a question about Camperland. What makes Camperland competitive, with other campgrounds in NW PA, and, has anyone ever surveyed Camperland patrons as to what they actually DO while visiting this campground? What is the average length of stay? Do customers only visit the Park or do they go to other local attractions, or visit friends and relatives? How do the prices compare? I saw an ad for a large campground south of here, Rose Park or something like that, which appears to be very clean and tidy, has lots of amenities, dog park, log cabins, YURTS, very appealing for a family vacation.
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« Reply #11281 on: May 21, 2018, 12:19:17 PM »
I have heard this story before......
Still no firm plans, no idea how to fund it.
http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/planned-camperland-expansion-could-include-additional-camping-sites/article_964e7d76-5add-11e8-8821-cb65b98e5238.html


....clicking on the cited link, many readers likely find the paper instructing them-
 “In order to read our site, please exit private/incognito mode, or log in to continue







Exercising one of the numerous available “exit the private/incognito mode” options, a different image could likely appear on the screen.



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« Reply #11282 on: May 21, 2018, 12:34:15 PM »
For the numerous newer readers, with the park’s pending opening for the coming tourist season, over recent years the month of May has typically seen a flurry of the local press printing various ‘news’ article ‘reporting’ on how well the park is doing and heralding the changes for the upcoming season.

As noted by the previous poster, the ‘news’ cited above, in fact, has previously been ‘reported’ by the local press on several occasions over recent years.

The local press previously reported the park would expand and open Camperland for the 2016 season.

It did not.

Then, the ‘reports’ were the newly completed Camperland expansion would be open for the 2017 season.

It did not.

Of note, the local press has not reported to local readers that the park told the court and creditors the new 2017 Camperland expansion would generate $225,000 in  new, additional, revenue income, almost doubling Camperland’s 2016 income for the bankrupt park to help pay bankruptcy debts.

The local press has not reported the park told the court and creditors the park would again generate $225,000 in new revenue income on the expanded Camperland operations for the 2018 season, to help pay bankruptcy debts.

Now, this year,  the local press is reporting, the Camperland expansion COULD include 50 additional new camp sites, and that work on the Camperland expansion MAY begin SOMETIME LATER THIS YEAR.

The local press has not reported to local readers that, per official bankruptcy court documents the court has been informed the park has of paid its sewer taxes/fees since April of 2016.

The paper has not reported to local readers the park officially informed the court in March that it does not have the cash to pay for its bankruptcy debts, paying for needed maintenance and, paying for improvements-



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« Reply #11283 on: May 21, 2018, 09:22:48 PM »
I have a question about Camperland. What makes Camperland competitive, with other campgrounds in NW PA, and, has anyone ever surveyed Camperland patrons as to what they actually DO while visiting this campground? What is the average length of stay? Do customers only visit the Park or do they go to other local attractions, or visit friends and relatives? How do the prices compare? I saw an ad for a large campground south of here, Rose Park or something like that, which appears to be very clean and tidy, has lots of amenities, dog park, log cabins, YURTS, very appealing for a family vacation.
a large core group of them stay most of the summer, or most every weekend, and I think the lake/beach is their main attraction.....now that they lost the boat docks, not sure what will happen, but many of them have golf carts and drive them to the beach on a regular basis....
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« Reply #11284 on: May 22, 2018, 12:24:35 PM »
Even if 50 more lots were opened I don't think the income generated would approach $225,000. I don't believe that a space rents for $4500 currently.
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« Reply #11285 on: May 22, 2018, 01:25:06 PM »
....for new readers, using the park’s own official figures,-

....from the park’s own official court filings, -

....to include the new, much needed revenue streams the park told the court and creditors the park would generate,-

....like the new but non-exsitant and two years over due Camperland major capital improvement expansion, -

....currently, with no further loss of net profit income-

....the statistical analysis of when the park will return to breaking even and stop losing money-   


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« Reply #11286 on: May 23, 2018, 04:55:41 AM »
If you want to see a very successful campground google Kozy Rest in Harrisville PA.
I compare ever place I go to them. I think they have campground of the year in the entire US 5 times.
Amazingly clean bathrooms and shower.
Customer service is top notch.
Escorts to sites with help backing in.

I can't say enough.
I love conneaut lake but when my wife and I saw the shower houses at camper land, no way we were staying. I can not use the shower in my camper. I am too tall. We were on the list for a seasonal site there. But once I saw the showers I backed out!
We would have loved to been right by the park and beach, but...
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« Reply #11287 on: May 23, 2018, 10:29:58 AM »
....the annual local press propaganda/defacto free advertising ‘news article’ on the park’s pending seasonal opening-

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/conneaut-lake-park-looking-toward-future-as-season-starts-saturday/article_7e91cdee-5e0e-11e8-86b2-f31e9aba7a8e.html
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« Reply #11288 on: May 25, 2018, 08:03:18 AM »

Conneaut Lake Park looking toward future as season starts Saturday

 By Keith Gushard  MEADVILLE TRIBUNE   

With the last coats of fresh paint being added and other final spruce ups taking place before Conneaut Lake Park amusement park opens Saturday, management is casting its eyes toward the future.

The short-term goal is to make sure the park is ready for Saturday’s noon opening with all rides running, according to Jim Becker, executive director of Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park, the nonprofit corporation that oversees the amusement park’s operations.

A longer-term goal — hopefully achievable within the next two or three years — is adding a vintage ride or two.

For 2018, the park’s rides, including its famed Blue Streak wooden roller coaster, are up and running for Saturday, Becker said.

“We’re cautiously optimistic with a couple of days of good weather we’re going to be in a good place for the opening,” Becker said. “I think we’re in a good place and we’re very fortunate to have Lenny Adams,” the park’s rides manager.

To get people into the park, major capital projects have taken place the past few years, including getting the Splash City water park fully operational and replacement of 120 feet of track on the Blue Streak in 2017. The Blue Streak marks its 80th anniversary this year.

“It’s just constant renovation and upkeep,” Becker said. “It’s just an ongoing process.”

The real challenge is the Blue Streak’s height, the location and the weather, Becker said.

“We’re trying to bump up the schedule and do work in the fall so we’re not so weather- dependent in the spring to get it ready,” he said.

This year, about 90 feet of rail on the Blue Streak’s second hill was replaced along with the wooden supports for the track, Becker said.

Also this year, a new pump drive was installed for the water park’s two tower slides, Becker said. The pump pushes water to the top of the two slides to provide water to reduce friction between a person and the fiberglass surface of the slide.

“The new pump drive should ensure the water park feature is running, operational and in good shape for years to come,” Becker said. “We’re systematically going through the priorities as the finances allow.”

Conneaut Lake Park’s finances have been tight for more than three years as it has been going through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding to reorganize its debts.

Trustees filed for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2014 upon being saddled with about $3.8 million in debt, including $1.3 million in overdue real estate taxes, interest, fees and penalties owed to Summit and Sadsbury townships, Conneaut School District and Crawford County.

Last September, Trustees paid off the $1,016,028.66 balance owed to the school district, county and two townships plus more than $214,000 in legal fees to those taxing bodies. More than $530,000 came from selling excess lakefront property the park had and fire insurance proceeds of more than $478,000 from a 2013 fire that destroyed the Beach Club night club.

With finances shaping up, attention now is turning toward the park’s aesthetics — general painting, adding more white fencing, upgrading bathrooms and improving picnic pavilions, according to Becker.

Conneaut Lake Park has been awarded a $2,500 matching grant from Meadville Rotary Club toward a pavilion in the park’s Kiddieland. The pavilion will provide both shade and additional areas for things like children’s birthday parties, Becker said.

“We’ll invest an equal amount — if not more — and our crew will do the work,” Becker said.

Picnic pavilions have become a priority for Conneaut Lake Park as many of them are aging and some were removed last year.

“The sooner we can make upgrades, the better, then we’ll be able to offer more outings,” Becker said of the picnic pavilions.

With a low marketing budget, Conneaut Lake Park has to be creative in its marketing. It uses social media like Facebook and its own website — newconneautlakepark.com — to spread the word plus works to capitalize on successful events it has held in the past.

“This will be the third year of our Kids Day Out, but it will be June 24 rather than in August,” said Sarah Fait, the park’s events coordinator.

It was moved to June in an effort to draw more people to the park, Fait said. Kids Day Out, held on the park’s giant lawn, is a free, family- and kid-oriented day featuring a petting zone, face painter, giant inflatable slide, lawn games and coloring contest.

Other plans include celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Blue Streak on Aug. 16, which is National Roller Coaster Day; Park After Dark, a popular after-hours opening for late night amusement rides and the water park; and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Devil’s Den ride.

To get additional local people in the park, Conneaut Lake Park plans to work with nonprofit groups to hold fundraising events on the park’s large deck area overlooking the giant lawn and lake and marketing company days at the park to local firms, according to Becker.

“It exposes the park to a new group of people,” he said. “The park could really take another step forward if we get the locals.”

Another step forward would be adding more amusement rides, but any addition would be a vintage ride.
Conneaut Lake Park looks at amusement industry trade publications where vintage rides are available, Becker said.

“We’re not there yet, but I think we’re close,” Becker said of more rides. “Internally, it’s been a goal to add a ride,   
 not this year, but maybe next year. It all depends on how we do this year.”

The park has space to add an additional ride in several locations, Becker said.
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« Reply #11289 on: May 26, 2018, 08:09:35 AM »
...the annual pre-Memorial Day free advertising/propaganda  campaign continues on schedule:

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180525/at-conneaut-lake-park-good-season-could-mean-new-rides-year-from-now
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« Reply #11290 on: May 27, 2018, 07:53:47 AM »
At Conneaut Lake Park, a good season could mean new rides a year from now
by Valerie Meyers GoErie.com

After two decades of ups and downs, the Crawford County Park could be turning the corner

Conneaut Lake Park opens Saturday for what could be a pivotal season.
   
The amusement park at the northern end of Conneaut Lake in recent years has focused on maintaining and improving its rides and grounds rather than adding attractions.
   
Another successful season could change that.
   
“If we have a good season this year, we hope to come up with something new for next year,” said Jim Becker, executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County, which manages the park.
   
Becker declined to share details of possible improvements but said, “It all depends on attendance and how the park does this year, but I think if it’s a successful season, which we fully expect, there will be an opportunity to do some investment in things beyond repairs.”
   
The Economic Progress Alliance has been making repairs to park infrastructure and finances since 2015 through a management agreement with park trustees.

The new management repaired and reopened the park’s Splash City water park in 2016 and eliminated the park entrance fee. Both moves have had a positive effect on park attendance and revenues, park Manager Matthew Briggs said.
   
Wristband admission sales for the amusement park and water park in 2017 were up 24 percent from 2016, Briggs said.
   
Miniature golf and games revenues increased 113 percent, he said.
   
“Now that it’s a public park, people are taking advantage of it,” Briggs said. “I hope to have those same kind of numbers this year.”
   
Increased hours this summer should help the park reach that goal. Rides and water attractions will be open an additional day, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., beginning in mid-June. In previous seasons, only the water park was open on Thursdays and only rides were open on Mondays.
   
The park will be closed most Mondays this summer.
   
“Monday traditionally was the slowest day at the park,” with the exception of holiday Mondays, Becker said. The park will be open on holiday Mondays this year.
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« Reply #11291 on: May 28, 2018, 03:10:51 PM »
"The new management repaired and reopened the park’s Splash City water park in 2016 and eliminated the park entrance fee. Both moves have had a positive effect on park attendance and revenues, park Manager Matthew Briggs said."                                  Eliminated what park entrance fee?
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« Reply #11292 on: May 29, 2018, 07:34:47 AM »
"The new management repaired and reopened the park’s Splash City water park in 2016 and eliminated the park entrance fee. Both moves have had a positive effect on park attendance and revenues, park Manager Matthew Briggs said."
Eliminated what park entrance fee?

For newer readers, the park ceased charging an admission fee years ago, long before the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County took over managing and operating the park.

…such a comment “reported” by the local press is just another of the many lies the local fake park news press  “reports” unquestionably to its local readers and voters-



For the many newer readers, while the local press continues to misreport how well allegedly the park is doing financially, the local press ignores the factual reality of the park’s financial reality as stated by the park in the park’s own court documents.

As previously documented, the park informed the court it did not have sufficient funds to pay for its bankruptcy debts, capital improvements, or required maintenance:



….of course, the factual reality is, if a debtor admits, and documents in it own court filing,  that it can not pay its bankruptcy debts as agreed to, such is not “emerges from bankruptcy” as falsely reported in the local press.
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« Reply #11293 on: May 29, 2018, 07:37:18 AM »
Such was once again reaffirmed and documented in the park’s May 15, 2018 bankruptcy court filing, of which the local press HAS NOT reported to its local readers and voters:



While the local press continues to misreport how well allegedly the park is doing financially, the local press ignores the factual reality of the park’s financial reality as stated by the park in the park’s own court documents.

The local press has not reported to its local readers and voters that per the park’s May 15, 2018 bankruptcy court filing::

- the park is asking the court’s permission to use proceeds from the last lakefront lot sale money to pay its quarterly payment to unsecured non-tax claim creditors, and significantly, in doing such, acknowledges the park is unable to earn adequate net profit income on it’s day-to-day park operations to pay its their required quarterly payment to their bankruptcy creditors
 
- the park is asking the court’s permission to use proceeds from the last lakefront lot sale money to pay its unpaid 2017 sewer taxes,  and significantly, in doing such, acknowledges the park is unable to earn adequate income on day-to-day park operations to pay its sewer bill

- the park is asking the court’s permission to use proceeds from the last lakefront lot sale money to pay its quarterly payment to unsecured non-tax claim creditors, and significantly, in doing such, acknowledges the park is unable to earn adequate net profit income on it’s day-to-day park operations to pay its their required quarterly payment to their bankruptcy creditors
 
- the park is asking the court’s permission to use proceeds from the last lakefront lot sale money to fund the delayed-for-several-years Camperland expansion, and significantly, in doing such, acknowledges the park is unable to earn adequate income on day-to-day park operations fund its Camperland expansion.

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« Reply #11294 on: May 29, 2018, 07:39:17 AM »
Of note, the local press reports, “Economic Progress Alliance has been making repairs to park infrastructure and finances since 2015 through a management agreement with park trustees.”

The local press does not report to local readers the park board of trustees is comprised of and dominated by either members of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County (EPACC) or former EPACC associates.

For newer readers, in 2014 the county court appointed four members of the EPACC board of directors as the new trustees on the board of trustees of the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Inc. to replace the previous board, who resigned following a State Attorney General law suit gains the former trustees which resulted in a consent decree settlement where neither both sides agreed to settle the case without either side admitting guilt or liability.

The new EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees immediately unanimously voted to contract with the EPACC to manage and operate the park. From the 2014 EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees/EPACC managerial contract filed by the park with the bankruptcy court:



In addition to the management agreement setting the EPACC charges to the EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees, per the park’s own official bankruptcy court documents, the EPACC charges the EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees. $10,000 a month in admin fees, each and every month of the year, for the EPACC to manage an operated the park.

There is no performance/payment requirement in the managerial agreement between the EPACC and the EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees.

In the business cosmos, business mangers are looking to maximize a return on an investment. The local press has not even hinted at the return on investment for the monthly EPACC $10,000 admin fee to manage and operate the park for the EPACC-dominated CLP board of trustees



 …while the local press “reports” the park may add a vintage ride next year if it has another good season?

The local press HAS NOT REPORTED to local readers and voters that the park also officially told the court and creditors that the park would open the new Camperland expansion for the 2017 summer season, as well as open a new GoKart attraction in the Convention Hall for the 2017 summer season.

And, the local press HAS NOT REPORTED to local readers and voters that 2018 is the year the park trustees officially told the court and park creditors that the park would begin rebuilding the new Beach Club.
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