Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Midway State Park

As a child I think we all have that place that will forever hold a big place in our heart. Midway State Park is that place for me as it is for others too. It is a tiny little park that only has about 20 rides. Those 20 rides as a child keep you going all day as you ride them over and over. It is that place that you can't wait till your own children are old enough for you to bring them too. It is that place that your parents and grandparents went to when they were a child because it has been around forever. It is the place where many memories are made! Who didn't growing up go to a shop picnic there one time or another. Many things are not the same as I remember them when I was little. The big slide as been replaced with a newer update, gone are the big swings that made me sick to ride and the little boats have been moved slightly away from the place I remember them being. But the park is mostly the same way I always remember it being. I am sure that my boys will take their own children and grandchild there...
Think of the excitement I felt when I went into the gift shop and found Midway State Park 12" by 12" scrapbook paper and titles... Me being a scrapbooker I was in HEAVEN! I made this layout with the paper I bought from talking my son Noah to Midway State Park last summer and the adorable paper piecing file from Scrappy Dew called "Carnival Theme Park".
We haven't been to Midway State Park this year yet but we will be very soon...

A little history of Midway State Park
Midway was originally opened as one of the thousands of "trolley parks" across the country that offered respite and recreation for families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Midway Park has endured as a destination for family fun and now ranks as the 16th oldest continually operating amusement park in the country. At the peak of it's popularity in the 1920s, Midway Park hosted events that attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed swimming and bathing, roller skating, the dance hall, and rides that included the thrilling "Jack Rabbit" roller coaster.

Ownership of Midway Park was held by the JW & NW railroad until 1939, Thomas Carr until 1951, and the Walsh family until the park was purchased by the State of New York in 2007 and continues operations today as Midway State Park. Under the Walsh family and through a growing relationship with the Allan Herschell Co. in nearby North Tonawanda, a complete Herschell kiddyland of rides was installed in the 1950s, soon supplemented by "Dodgem" cars, the "Tilt-A-Whirl", and the carousel, still the anchors of ride activity at Midway. The games arcade, located in the former trolley depot on the grounds of the park, remains as the other focal point of park activity in the 21st century.
Some interesting links for Midway State Park
or visit them on Facebook
or take this panoramic view here..... 
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."