Monday, March 1, 2010

"Riverview was a jewel."

Last September I had the honor to visit Denver's Lakeside Amusement Park on the final day of the 2009 season. Bustling, vibrant, hopping like a kid on a Pogo stick, the park brimmed with vitality and fun. Lakeside's a vintage park that honestly feels like it's popped out of a time capsule, with it's antique neon lighting, glorious rides, and quiet places for kanoodling still intact.

While strolling through the grounds, I visited with one of the owners. I told her I was from the Chicagoland area and immediately we dove into a conversation about Riverview. Turns out Lakeside is very similar to Riverview, from the fact that it's an urban park to the fact that many of the rides had sister rides running at Riverview. She went on to say the long-gone Chicago park was "a jewel" and that Lakeside as well as other vintage parks took their cue from Riverview.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a prettier park in the evening. The neon lighting casts a jewel box of colors on the water's surface. Enjoy.

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