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Conneaut Lake Park Future Outlined

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The new leaders of Conneaut Lake Park are now releasing their plans for the future.

Tonight, the Conneaut Lake Park Board of Trustees shared those plans with nearly 200 citizens during their first public meeting at the Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department 5.

Under the new long-range plan, the board's top priority is to pay off the current $900,000 in back taxes that they owe, in four years or less.

Mark Turner of the Economic Project Alliance is helping the new board with the long-range plan.

"It’s kind of short term effort there, to get it stabilized, deal with back taxes, deal with debts, and then to move into a redevelopment phase, or revitalization phase.” said Turner.

The revitalization phase means lots of changes.  According to Turner, those changes include a rebuild of the Midway, and building an outdoor show plaza and a separate indoor performing arts center.

The board also wants to rebuild the old Beach Club and a new Dreamland Expo Center, which would replace the two buildings destroyed by fire last August.

But, it's going to take time.

"We expect it would take a number of years, 8-10, to convert Conneaut Lake Park from an amusement park to a public events facility and amusement park,” said Turner.  “A much more public park."

The estimated cost of the project is $12-$15 million.  The board will have to take care of current debt, before moving forward.

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