I had a short opportunity to stop by Clementon Park today for other matters and was able to tour the grounds thanks to our great friend Nick.
I have to be honest, I've been extremely upset with the park over the last few years. We saw the demise of the Jack Rabbit (my first ever coaster as well as my mom's), the Whip, Whacky Shack, the boat, Falling Star, Carousel (and now the entire building) just to name a few so that basically, everything from my childhood is gone. I grew up in this park from the late 70's all the way through the mid-90's and then completely stopped going aside from a few quick trips on Hellcat.
With all of that said, I don't hold the current management accountable for all of the decay and destruction. It's been years in the making and outside of their control. Even still, it was difficult to walk in and see a Wave Pool sitting where I once grew up. And WOW what a nice wave pool it is.
I can only imagine the level of crowds they will see this year. I was amazed at the level of detail going into it and the fact that they've managed to lose no rides in the process is even better. So while I'm still upset at the loss of great memories, I absolutely can't wait to see the final product and create new memories with my family.
Great job Clementon and thank you for allowing me to see the current progress. I really believe you have a hit on your hands.
PS - Hopefully CLP management takes a spin on Wooden Warrior because it would still fit!
Pictures on the way...