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Jonesta6

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So here's a thought: what would it take for a small park - think a family fun center but with some decent coasters and flats, maybe a couple water rides too - to exist in the Roanoke VA area?

The general concept is that it's not so huge that the local population wouldn't support it, but large enough for space for multiple rides and still retain the woodsy mountaineous charm of the area. Also, it's not trying to emulate a Ghost Town in the Sky experience in that it's easily accessible and they purchase rides from reputable manufacturers they can get parts from.
 
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I think a Lake Compounce like park would be sustainable. Honestly disappointed there isn't more like it around. Nice small footprint, a few flats, a couple of coasters, a good water park, and a great family atmosphere.

And Roanoke would be a great setting with the right ownership group, the right terrain, the right size city to really put something great out there. Pick up some used rides, put in a nice small GCI/GG Woodie like Invadr's size. Down the road do something fun like Boulder Dash.
 
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To be completely honest, my first reaction to this thread was to shake my head and laugh, but after some thought I think something could be possible. Here’s the blueprint I came up with:

small Gravity Group wooden coaster
Zamperla discovery
S&S/Larson drop tower
Larson Loop
Scrambler
SBF spinner
Maybe a few more small flats

down the road you could add something like a Maurer Spinner or preferably a small Gerstlauer Eurofighter (hydrus @ casino pier clone). I really don’t see a park much bigger than this being sustainable.
 
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Two amusement parks have existed in Roanoke in the past. Seems like one could survive today. Lakeside succumbed to a flood, so we don't know if they would still be in business today
 
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Maybe something like Adventure Park in Frederick is feasible. You would probably need indoor activities such as arcades, bowling, laser tag, etc. to keep revenue coming in year round and support the business.
 
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Maybe something like Adventure Park in Frederick is feasible. You would probably need indoor activities such as arcades, bowling, laser tag, etc. to keep revenue coming in year round and support the business.

I was kind of thinking that - cash flow is always a problem.
 
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