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Paradise Lake was an
amusement parklocated in the Appalachian region of Ohioin the United States. The park was located at the interchange of Interstate 70with State Route 513. It was located in rural Guernsey County, Ohio, between Quaker City and Fairview.
Paradise Lake was intended to be a major amusement park when it opened on
1 July 1981.cite news | first=John Brannon | last=Albright | work= The New York Times| url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=980DE0D81538F932A05756C0A967948260 | title=Notes; For Theme Park Visitors, New Locations and New Rides | date= 31 May 1981| accessdate = 2006-09-01 | language=English] cite web | url=http://capital2.capital.edu/admin-staff/dalthoff/almanac.txt | title=The Rollar Coaster Almanac | accessmonthday= 1 September| accessyear=2006 | author=Althoff Jr., Dave] The park was planned to cover convert|2000|acre|km2, but only 70 acres were developed in the park's first, and only completed, phase. Paradise Lake operated for only two summers before the land and facilities were sold at auction on 18 October 1983.
There were four major areas of the park, each given the name
paradise. Each "paradise" was given a different theme, making an overall park layout similar to other new amusement parks of the era (such as Busch Gardens Europe).
Western Paradise was designed to look like a town of the
Old West. Some 20 buildings were planned or built in this area of the park, representing establishments one might have seen in an archetypical Western town such as a church, sheriff's office, and leather-working shop. Also planned for the area were a stagecoachride and trainride.
Space Paradise was marketed as the "adult" section of the park, with attractions such as two
roller coasters, two Ferris wheels, and a "bumper boat" attraction which operated much like bumper cars, but on water.
Children's Paradise included a smaller roller coaster and Ferris wheel, a
whip ride, and two main attractions: Santa's Village, and an Enchanted Forestwhich was to be similar to the Story Book Forest at Idlewild Parkin Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
Sports Paradise consisted of a
hotel, a spa, an arcade, a campground, and a ski area. This was the only area of the park not covered by the general admission price; instead, attractions in this area were priced separately to allow for year-round operation.
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