1) Contact the Bainbridge Twp Board of Trustees and Zoning. If there is community support to save GL, perhaps the Board of Trustees and Zoning Commission can make it difficult for Cedar Fair to sell the land. If Cedar Fair is struggling and needs to sell, the land is worth more than the park itself. But, if the land is zoned commercial-recreational, the potential buyers may be limited. Perhaps the best chance would be for Zoning and Cedar Fair to strike a deal; allow the sale of some property while retaining some property to remain commercial-recreational. This doesn't mean that CF will retain the rides but, if they have to sell WWK, the available land could be big enough to entice another amusement park operator. Keep in mind it's all about tax dollars, though. The Board may realize that they can collect more tax $$ with a different type of Â land use.
Analysis: This will be difficult. Surrounding communities have fought for years to restrict development of Â GL and Sea World. Also, this is the same govt body that would not allow Sea World to add rides at a time SW was expanding all of their parks in 2000-2001. Plus, it was too convenient that CF announced their plans on 9/21 and the Board of Trustees met on 9/24. They may have had advance notice considering Bill Spehn participated. The next Zoning Commission meeting is 9/27.
2) Contact Aurora mayor, Lynn McGill. Currently WWK resides on only 30 acres. Can the park be expanded to add rides now or in the future? Important for future development if CF sells WWK at a later date. Â Is Cedar Fair trying to sell land in Aurora, too or just Bainbridge? Remember the park divides two communities and govts!
3) Â Contact the Aurora Advocate to promote local efforts to save GL.
4) Can the homeowners a**ociation that supposedly owns the rights to the lake band together to support saving some of the park?
5) Petitions. We need someone in the community to form the petition and gather signatures. At worst, we need to send the ipetition results to the Bainbridge Twp Board of Trustees, Zoning, and Mayor.
6) Contact the local ACE reps (Scott Short, [email protected], and Jonathen Hymes, [email protected]. Also, Richard Munch is a local ACE member, a Bainbridge Twp resident and attended the Board of Trustees meeting on 9/24. WKYC-3 interviewed him the night of the meeting. Would be interesting to connect with him for thoughts of meeting, local resident reaction, support, etc.
7) Continue to inform the local news channels of your efforts and progress with the above ideas. That's the best option for connecting with the communities for support.
I am not a local resident and do not know of the local support but, without concerned residents, season ticket holders, and adjacent community support, our efforts are probably muted.