Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Aerial Antics: Beech Bend Park

Just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, you can find a gem of a independent amusement facility, Beech Bend Park. Named for the Beech trees that dot the landscape, the park made a big name for itself in 2006 with a big ride - but that's getting ahead of things.

The park actually dates back to the late 1800s when it served as a picnic park, and rides did not start to show up until the '40s and '50s. The one featured above, the Wild Mouse, is a Zamperla creation that was added in 2005.

Here is the older water park section of the property. It looks small but seems a perfect fit for a park like Beech Bend.

Here is the Looping Star, a Pinfari traveling coaster that the park purchased. I've never been on one of these but their smaller size makes them look like they'd pack a punch.

And here we have the Kentucky Rumbler, the ride that really put the park on the map. A Great Coasters International twister, the ride quickly became a fan favorite after it opened. These type of rides are just so beautiful to look at, too!

Here's a link to the Live Local Images.