Stricker's Grove

Stricker's Grove is a family owned amusement park located in Ross, Ohio, USA. Unlike other amusement parks, Stricker's Grove is closed to the public for most of the year.[1] Instead, it is rented out for private functions, such as weddings. The park is open to the public for 8 days of every year, on July 4, 4 days in mid July for the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair, the second Sunday in August (Family Day), Labor Day, and a Sunday in October called "Customer Appreciation Day".

Stricker's Grove
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LocationRoss, Ohio, U.S.
Coordinates39°17′43″N 84°40′09″W / 39.295278°N 84.669167°W / 39.295278; -84.669167Coordinates: 39°17′43″N 84°40′09″W / 39.295278°N 84.669167°W / 39.295278; -84.669167
SloganA park for families and children.
OwnerStricker Family, Stricker’s Grove Management LLC.
Opened1924
Operating seasonClosed to the public most of the year.
Area25 acres (10 ha)
Attractions
Total17
Roller coasters2
Water rides0
WebsiteStricker's Grove

HistoryEdit

The park was first started in 1924 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio by Henry Stricker on 55 acres (22 ha) of property next to the Drive-in on Compton Rd. The Stricker's lived in a house on the property. Henry Stricker initially used the land for a place for coworkers to come to on weekends to picnic and enjoy the countryside. A dance hall was later added, and was designed so that if the park failed, it could be converted into a chicken coop.

In the 1940s, a pony cart ride was added along with a horse and pony track. The first rides arrived at the park in 1954, including the Boat Ride and the Rockets, both of which remain in operation.

Upon Henry's death in 1960, the park was passed on to his three sons, Harold, Elmer, and Ralph. In 1972, the park was relocated to Ross, Ohio and Ralph became the sole owner. Ralph died in January 2007. His daughter Debbie and three longtime employees now operate the park.

Rides and attractionsEdit

Stricker's Grove currently has several amusement rides, including two "classic" wooden roller coasters.

TornadoEdit

 
Tornado roller coaster

The larger of the roller coasters is Tornado, designed by Al Collins and built by Ralph Stricker. The ride started construction in 1990 and opened in 1993. The ride runs a single Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters train. The Tornado is a mirror image of the former John C. Allen designed Jet Coaster (later known as the Mighty Lightnin' and the Comet) at the now defunct Rocky Glen Park in Moosic, Pennsylvania.[2][3] it goes 45 miles per hour.

Teddy BearEdit

 
Teddy Bear roller coaster

The Teddy Bear wooden roller coaster is small family sized ride first built in 1996, also by Ralph Stricker. Like the Tornado, the Teddy Bear coaster was built using the blueprints from the 1935 built Teddy Bear at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. The coaster has been recognized as an ACE Classic Coaster.[4]

Other attractionsEdit

Former RidesEdit

Kiddie Coaster a 13 foot tall purple kiddie coaster

Crazy Daisy A Philadelphia Toboggan Company miniature "Cuddle-Up" ride.

Helicopters

Topsy Turvy

PicturesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Felix Winternitz & Sacha DeVroomen Bellman (2007). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 176. ISBN 9780762741809. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  2. ^ RCDB - Tornado (Stricker's Grove)
  3. ^ RCDB - Comet (Rocky Glen)
  4. ^ RCDB - Teddy Bear (Stricker's Grove)

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