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Clementon Park: A blast to the past

The park’s official map

Once upon a time, the outskirts of America’s cities were populated with amusement parks. Then, suddenly, they weren’t. Trolley parks came into being around the turn of the century, as Trolley companies, lacking business on the weekends, built parks at the end of their lines to draw out families and their fares. But after the trolley companies shut down, so did the parks. Well, most of them did. Some, like Clementon, live on. Clementon was suddenly closed two and a half years ago, when the park suddenly and unexpectedly shut down in a week before Labor Day in September 2019. It has lain mainly dormant until this season, when, after being bought by the eccentric owner of Indiana Beach, a similar park, it will reopen on May 21st.

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