This week, for your amusement, we ventured to Lakeside, the 110-year-old park that's now the last privately owned amusement park in metro Denver. Lakeside Amusement Park has had its ups and downs over the past century, and it's about to get a new roller coaster, which excites some fans.
And worries others.
Love Lakeside. One thing: Years ago there was a coaster at a Kansas City amusement park that got clobbered for calling it Zyklon. Zyclon B is the gas that the Nazis used to murder Jews in the showers. Change the goddam name.
Great article! Learned several new things about one of my favorite places in town!
Bring back the miniature golf....
Sorry, I'm sure they will tear it down. Good location. So much land.
And then there's this from Eryn:
Quite possibly the longest article I've ever seen.
Eryn obviously hasn't read too many Westword stories. Here's more of our coverage of Lakeside:
"Ten Reasons Why Lakeside Amusement Park Rules"
For 110 years, Lakeside Amusement Park has been a landmark on the edge of Denver, first as a testament to boosters’ desire to add beauty to the young city, then as one family’s determination to offer affordable family fun to residents of the aging city. It’s a beloved institution that’s made the transition from Beaux Arts grandeur to Art Deco design to what today often looks like nostalgic kitsch.
But there are changes in the works. This summer, Lakeside will get its first new ride in years, a Zyklon model steel roller coaster that may well give the classic 1940 wooden Cyclone a run for its money.
When was the last time you went to Lakeside? What's your favorite thing about the amusement park? Post a comment or email your thoughts to email@example.com.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.