‘The end of an era’: Guests share memories at Coney Island on its final day | WKRC


ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) – On Sunday, cars lined up for the last time at Coney Island — which announced earlier in the month it’s closing for good.

Hundreds of people took the opportunity to go see the park’s annual holiday lights show.

Several shared their families’ memories of the park that go back generations.

“It’s sad and it’s the end of an era,” said Crystal Schneider.

Schneider is one of many who grew up going to Coney Island.

“I listened to stories of how my grandparents came here when they were younger,” she said. “Multiple generations of my family have been able to come out and enjoy the park.”

Schneider says it was one of the first spots she took her two sons for a getaway.

On Sunday, the whole family made the drive to visit the park one last time.

“Just sitting on the grass, hanging out with everybody and watching everyone interact and playing in the pool,” said Schneider.

Ronald Frey grew up in Anderson Township and started going to Coney Island 57 years ago.

“It’s very sad. I’m very, very sad,” said Frey. “I’ve got my parents’ memories and they’ve passed. I’ve got memories with my kids.”

The park announced its sale on Dec. 14, as well as the new owners’ plan to turn it into a music venue.

Since then, demonstrators have been working to save the historic Sunlite Pool, the world’s largest recirculating pool.

It opened in 1925 and contains more than 3 million gallons of water.

“It’s a piece of paradise,” said Sally Gehlert. “I felt like my heart was ripped out, like someone had detached a limb from my body.”

Gehlert has been going to the pool for a day out for nearly 40 years.

“I have memories, lots and lots of memories, great friends, always meeting the same people. Everybody has their little space, they sit in conversations. We’ve got a lot of history together,” she said.

“It’s a sad statement for the community, unfortunately, and I’m hoping that something good comes of it,” said Frey.

Guests who spoke with Local 12 Sunday say they hope some of the original architecture can remain through any renovations.

Gehlert hopes, if the area around the pool is demolished, that she’ll be able to get her hands on the brick she wrote her name on from around the pool deck.

22,000 people signed an online petition to save Sunlite Pool and turn it into a historic landmark.

There’s no word yet on whether they will get that designation, but the Cincinnati Preservation Association is trying to save the pool and Moonlite Gardens.



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