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New Attraction Arrives at Conneaut Lake Park

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Volunteers have been working all week to restore parts of Conneaut Lake Park. And despite the devastating fire to the Dockside and the Beach Club, the park revealed a new, scary attraction that's been kept top secret... Until tonight.  

Conneaut Lake Park's new haunted house, "Hostile," drew a crowd to the area, a cheerful change of scene from the somber one brought by the fire. Park officials chose to continue with the Park after Dark celebration, as planned. 

"We wanted to keep as much normalcy here at the park as we could, and keep everything moving as normal as possible so we could continue our celebration here," said John Moyers, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park. 

Despite the fire to neighboring businesses, outlook from both Moyers and park patrons on the future of the amusement park remains positive.  

"Obviously in the short term that business element [of the Beach Club and Dockside] is going to be closed," said Moyers. "In the meantime, we're looking forward to coming back bigger and better, stronger than ever."

Larry Elpiner, D.C. resident, feels the same way.

"Once they get it all cleaned up it'll be back," Elpiner said. "We need more parks like this. I live in D.C. and there's nothing like this for a couple hundred miles."

The perseverance seen from the park crew and volunteers will help keep the future of this unique park alive. 

"The fire down at the beach club and dockside was a tragic event," said Leonard Adams, manager and holder of the park's lease. "We all lost a lot by that. This park has suffered so many setbacks that you just can't stop, you have to continue on."

As for the new addition to the park, it is certain ally a thrill. One trip through this haunted house will get your heart thumping... and you screaming. 

Other renovations include a new facade on the Devil's Den, new signs around the park, and repainted booths.

The Travel Channel helped fund and recruit volunteers for some of these park restorations. Conneaut Lake Park will be featured in a pilot and may also be featured in a show on the travel channel. 

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