I was disappointed to hear recent reports that the historic Big Dipper roller coaster at Geauga Lake Park is ready to be dismantled.
The Big Dipper, built in 1925, is an important piece of history. Not only is it the oldest operating roller coaster in Ohio, it is the seventh oldest in the U.S. and the 12th oldest on Earth.
Although relocation to another park would be better than destroying it, serious consideration should be given to keeping the Big Dipper at its current location, which is the edge of the Geauga Lake property close to Route 43. By taking steps to preserve it, Cedar Fair (which has been compared to Art Modell by many) can get the focus back to its remaining parks, like Cedar Point and Wildwater Kingdom, and away from the negative fallout from closing Geauga Lake with no advance notice.