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Coney Island is a small and waterpark located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Anderson Township, on the banks of the east of Downtown . The park is currently owned by Brenda Walker.


History
Coney Island's beginnings date back to 1867 when an apple farmer by the name of James Parker purchased of land along the shores of the . James soon realized in the early 1870s the popularity of the farm's location, and that renting it out was more profitable than his apple orchard. He eventually added a dining hall, dancing hall, and bowling alley. He later sold the land in 1886 for $17,500 to a company called Ohio Grove Corporation headed by two steamboat captains. In time for the opening on June 21, 1886, the name was officially changed to "Ohio Grove, The Coney Island of the West" in an effort to link the park with the famous . Fortunate enough to be on a riverfront location, riverboat soon became the most popular method of transportation for park visitors. In 1887, "Ohio Grove" was completely dropped from the name as the park became known simply as "Coney Island".

Over the years, the park became a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides and games. In that capacity, Coney Island was a Cincinnati institution. However, the park's proximity to the river made it prone to frequent flooding. In 1968, park management entered into talks with Taft Broadcasting for the purpose of developing a new park on higher ground. Taft responded by buying Coney Island outright in 1969, and construction began the following year on a new site located in Deerfield Township of Warren County north of Cincinnati along Interstate 71. Coney Island closed its amusements on September 6, 1971, as most of its rides were moved to the newly completed theme park.

After Kings Island opened in 1972, Taft Broadcasting intended to sell Coney Island's land for redevelopment. However, with the company's decision to open another theme park in Virginia () and its acquisition of on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, the property's redevelopment became a low priority. Less than two years after closing, Coney Island would reopen permanently in 1973. The park was only a shadow of its former self but still featured several popular attractions. The Sunlite Pool — still the largest recirculating swimming pool in the world — was one of those attractions that helped Coney Island remain a popular summertime destination.

The park donated of land for the construction of Riverbend Music Center which opened in 1984. The land was the former location of the Wildcat and Shooting Star roller coasters. The amphitheater serves as the summer home of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, as well as a concert venue for other musical acts. In 1991, Coney Island was purchased by Cincinnati businessman Ronald Walker. No longer held back by a corporate entity, management has been able to restore Coney Island as a traditional amusement park with familiar rides such as the "", , carnival games and musical shows.Jacques, Jr., Charles J., Cincinnati's Coney Island: America's Finest Amusement Park, 2002, Amusement Park Journal ()


Roller coasters
Python1999 From Splash Zone Water Park (1996–1999)


Sunlite pool slides
The Twister2009The Twister is the replacement of the Zoom Flume. The Twister is a 4 slide attraction. 2 of the slides are body slides, and the other two are double or single tubes. They are not fully enclosed. They end in a 4 feet pool.
Pipeline Plunge1994Pipeline Plunge is a dual enclosed innertube slide. It replaced the Zzip. It was revamped during the 2011 season including new floats in which you lie on your stomach down the flumes.
Cyclone2006The Cyclone is a yellow enclosed slide that goes into the pool near the deep end. The bottom is 4 feet deep.


Flat rides
Ferris wheel 1990Riders ascend into the air above Lake Como.
Como CruisersIndividual Controllable Boats2013Individual boats that riders can steer in Lake Como, replaced Bumper Boats
EuroBungyBungee Trampoline Attraction2010Riders are attached to bungee cords and can jump on a trampoline inside a dome, it costs money and is only available on certain days.
ScramblerScrambler1991Standard Scrambler
Tilt-A-Whirl1992Standard Tilt-A-Whirl painted green and purple. Relocated from defunct Fantasy Farm park.
Super Round UpRound Up (ride)1993Mass-produced "Round Up" ride.
Flying BobsMatterhorn (ride)1994Chance "Matterhorn" ride.
Carousel1998Merry Go Round consisting of 30 horses and 2 chariots. Chance Rides model.
Dodgems2000Oval shaped Bumper Cars ride with a center island. A one way sign is posted, though it is not always followed.
TempestGrover Watkins Tempest2001"A tornado-like whirling dervish that cannot be found anywhere else in the state of Ohio." Relocated from Americana/Lesourdesville Lake Amusement Park.
Giant SlideGiant Slide or 20013 lane, approximately tall Giant Slide.
Frog HopperS&S power Frog Hopper2003Bouncing spring ride with frog theming.
Scream MachineMoser Spring Ride2005tall Moser Spring Ride
Rock- O- PlaneEyerly 2007Originally opened at LeSourdesville Lake in 1949.
River RunnerPirate Ship (ride)2008Relocated from Wild West World after closure. Canoe themed.
Paddle BoatsPedal BoatsunknownLocated on Lake Como
WipeoutSpinning Lift Ride2014Opened at Coney Island in 2014, flips riders upside down in circles 20 feet in the air. Built by Moser Rides.

In addition to these flat rides, there are five circular kiddie rides near the front of the park.


Former Attractions
Baby Bumper Boats19842004
Bumper Boats19902013Replaced by Como Cruisers.
Trabant19932010Replaced by Wipeout
Kiddie Circle Freeway20062007Carosel Car ride Relocated from as Huck's Hotrods.
Spin-A-Ree19942007
Zoom Flume19772008Zoom Flume, which had wooden supports, was the first of Sunlite Pool's large slides. It was removed at the end of 2008 season and replaced by The Twister.
Zzip19841993The Zzip was similar to its successor, the Pipeline Plunge.
unknown19671971Classic Whip Jr. ride designed by William F. Mangels. Relocated to and now known as Linus' Beetle Bugs
unknown19691971Miniature car ride designed by Hampton Amusement Corporation. Relocated to and now known as PEANUTS Off-Road Rally
Log Flume19681971Log flume ride designed by O.D. Hopkins/. Relocated to and now known as Race For Your Life Charlie Brown
Dodgems19??1971Special 2-seater bumper cars from Italy with working headlights, taillights, rear-view mirrors, and hazard flashers. Relocated to .
unknown19691971Traditional "Spider" ride that spins in three different circles at the same time. While it quickly raises and lowers riders as their cars continue to spin. Relocated to and now known as Monster
Scrambler19571971Traditional amusement park ride. 3 arms spin riders giving them the sensation of almost hitting the wall. Relocated to .
Galaxi19701971An SDC designed "" steel roller coaster. Relocated to (1972–1977) as Bavarian Beetle.
unknown19??1971Giant Slide. Relocated to (1972–1995) as McScrappy's Slide.
Shooting Star19471971Roller Coaster constructed out of the Clipper.
C.I. & L.C. Railroad19641971
Clipper19371946A twister wooden roller coaster
Wild Cat19261964Roller Coaster
Cuddle Up19??19??
Rotor19??19??
Flying Scooter19401971Relocated to (1972–2004) as Flying Eagles. Relocated to as "Danny Phantom`s Flyers".
Tumble Bug19251971A 1920s Harry Traver classic that pulled linked cars around an undulating circular track, similar to Turtle at Kennywood Park. Relocated to (1972–1985)
Dip the Dips19111918Roller Coaster
Dip the Dips 219181925Roller Coaster, replaced 1st Dip the Dips.
Figure 819??1918Roller Coaster
Greyhound192?194?Roller Coaster
Little Dipper19??19??Roller Coaster
Sky Rocket1921194?Roller Coaster
Teddy Bear19351971Junior wooden coaster
Twister19261936Enclosed Roller Coaster
Wild Mouse1958196?Roller Coaster
Sky Ride19651971A cable car skyride. Relocated to (1972–1978).
Turnpike195819??
Lost River19281971Mill Chute Ride Formerly Cascades (1928–1940)
Carousel19261971The classic carousel was built in 1926 and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat (96%) gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver and 48 hand-carved wooden horses. It features the Wurlitzer Organ #157. Relocated to as Grand Carousel.
Land of Oz boats19??19??
Coney Rockets19??19??
Laff-in-the-Dark19371960Scary things appear and jump at two-passenger carriages.


Events
Coney Island serves as the location for several festivals, including Summerfair Arts Festival, the "Cincinnati Celtic World Festival", The Appalachian Festival and the Cincinnati Flower and Farm Fest. Concerts are also held in the Moonlite Gardens area of the park, most notably by Over the Rhine.

Scenes from the old children's TV show The Banana Splits were filmed on location at Coney Island.


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