Idora Park Experience holds open house

CANFIELD — An open house is scheduled this weekend at the Idora Park Experience, a private museum dedicated to the Youngstown amusement park that closed after a fire 35 years ago.

The museum, which opened in 2014, features the collection of artifacts gathered by Jim and Toni Amey from the park, which opened in 1899 and closed at the end of its 1984 season. The owners auctioned off its assets, and the Ameys have spent the last 25 years trying to reacquire them.

Their collection includes several ride cars from all three roller coasters, a Rapids / Lost River Boat, the complete Kiddietrain, a Silver Rocketship and several other ride artifacts as well as original park signage and memorabilia.

According to Jim Amey, “Locating Idora Park artifacts and returning them to the Youngstown area has become a very personal quest for me. We’re on a mission to reclaim and share an important part of our history.”

The museum also includes a replica of the Idora Park arcade with several of the original games. Most are in working order and some still give prizes.

The couple has written a book, “Lost Idora Park,” which will be released by Arcadia Publishing on Aug. 12 and currently is available for preorder.

The open house runs noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4450 S. Turner Road, Canfield. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, go to www.TheIdoraParkExperience.com.

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