One Senior's Opinion: Memories of Euclid Beach

It was an extraordinary trip down memory lane for me. James Seman's slide presentation and talk at the Bay Village Library on January 14 brought back so many pleasant summertime memories. Who could forget Laughing Sal, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Thriller?

Going to Euclid Beach with family and friends was a big event. Filled with anticipation, we would pile into dad's car and head for the park. Many fun activities awaited us. I remember scrambling for a car on the Dodgems and the triumph of coming in seconds ahead of my friends on the winning racer coaster. Rocking the car when it stopped at the top of the giant Ferris wheel was cool. And yes, Ferris wheels did look gigantic to me. Walking to the end of the pier, dodging fishing lines and hooks, to the take in the sunset over Lake Erie is my favorite memory.

Families enjoyed the park. There were activities for the youngest to the oldest. Elderly folks would sit on the park benches watching the youngsters dash from one ride to another. Young moms and dads would beam with pride as their little ones rode the kiddie coaster. The crowds, the colors, and the noise are indelibly etched in my memory.

I had a great time reminiscing about my younger years that night at the library. To the Friends of the Bay Village Library and to James Seman, as Bob Hope would have said: "Thanks for the memories."

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.23.2010