Tuesday, December 11, 2007

There are some things bigger than football

For those of us who grew up in and around Pittsburgh, one of the traditions of summer was a trip (or trips) to Kennywood. The amusement park had some of the funnest, fastest rides around when we were growing up; and we always knew that summer had arrived when all the family gathered around the picnic tables to eat potato salad and chipped ham.

Now comes word that the iconic Pittsburgh amusement park has been sold. Owned by the same family since it opened in 1906, the park will become part of the portfolio of amusement parks held by the Spanish company Parques Reunidos. The purchase price for this transaction has not been announced, but earlier this year Parques Reunido paid $330 million for 33 parks, including Wet 'N Wild in North Carolina, and Raging Waters in Southern California (San Dimas, to be exact).

The Jackrabbit and the Orbiter were as much a part of our childhoods as the Steelers (and Pirates) -- here's hoping the park's new owners don't do anything to mess it all up.

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