still standing

Last year while in Berlin I went in search of the ruins of SpreePark, an old amusement park that had been the only continuously running amusement park in the GDR since 1969 until falling victim to shady ownership after reunification. The remains of the park still remain, and while I didn't have the balls to hop the fence and wander through them (I could only imagine trying to explain myself in a language that I don't speak), I was able to get a pretty good view of the park just by walking the fenced perimeter. I caught a post on Twitter yesterday that linked to an article on highlighting Eight similar parks in America, whose remains are still standing. Most notable of the ones highlighted are Six Flags New Orleans and Glen Echo Park near DC. Glen Echo's art deco features are amazing, and parts of the park are actually still open under the stewardship of the National Parks Service. The comments to the post also reveal additional info about the parks listed as well as other dormant but still-remaining parks, including River Country USA, a Disney Park that still remains closed and dormant in the middle of Walt Disney World. You can check out my pics from Spreepark in Berlin in the second link below.

NileGuide: 8 Abandoned American Theme Parks

jbd blog 09.11.09: silent (Spreepark in Berlin)