Ten reasons why Lakeside Amusement Park rules

When you love something with your whole heart, your desire to defend it at every possible chance is unrelenting. This is how I feel about Lakeside Amusement Park. Not that this magical place needs any more positive public words from me, but it still feels like each summer, I hear the same misunderstanding grumbles about the park that holds my heart.

As I continue to contemplate the future placement of my "Lake Rhoda" tattoo (honoring the body of water that Lakeside sits beside) and in advance of Reel Social Club's second annual Summer Scream private park party at Lakeside this Thursday, August 30, here are seven reasons why the old-school amusement park rules more than any other place on the planet.

See also: - Slideshows: Summer Scream 2011 at Lakeside - Summer Guide 2012: Lakeside Amusement Park - Lakeside is awesome - Radium and roller coasters: A brief, dirty history of Elitch Gardens

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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