Springlake Amusement Park, Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957
N 35° 30.737 W 097° 28.748
14S E 637916 N 3930918
Quick Description: Springlake Amusement Park was opened in 1924 by Roy Staton near NE 50th and Eastern. Many Springlake rides had previously been at Belle Isle and included a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, fun house and pool with slides. It closed in 1981 after a fire.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 7/25/2012 7:21:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMEZ1R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 8

Long Description:
Springlake Amusement Park was an amusement park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was originally established in 1922 (some sources say 1924) by Roy Staton about six years after his spring-fed pond at NE 40th and Eastern (now Martin Luther King Blvd) had been open to swimmers and picnicers. Staton expanded the park with the addition of many rides acquired from the defunct Bell Isle Park and construction of a ballroom. In 1929 he added the Big Dipper roller coaster, which would be a fixture in the park for the next fifty years. Admission was free and the rides and pool were pay-as-you-go, so visitors could picnic by the lake at no cost. The park was popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s and it attracted many of the top entertainers of the era, including Johnny Cash, The Righteous Brothers, Roy Acuff and Conway Twitty. A race riot in 1971, change in ownership, poor maintenance and a devastating fire led to the park's demise. The property was purchased in 1981 by the Oklahoma City Vo-Tech Board and Metro Technology Center was constructed on the site. Of the original park structures only the amphitheater remains; a car from the Big Dipper and many photos of the park are on display at Metro Tech.
Date Park Opened: 1/1/1924

Date Park Closed: 1/1/1981

Address:
1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK United States
73111


Current Use or Function:
Metro Tech Technology Center, Springlake Campus. vo-tech center


Is the park still there?: No

If not, what is in its place now?:
Metro Tech Technology Center, Springlake Campus. vo-tech center


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Max and 99 visited Springlake Amusement Park, Oklahoma City, OK 7/31/2012 Max and 99 visited it