Playland Park (Texas)

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Playland Park
Slogan The Fun Spot of San Antonio
Location San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Owner Jimmy Johnson
Opened 1940
Closed 1980
Rides
Total 16
Roller coasters 1
Water rides 0

Playland Park, a defunct amusement park formerly located in San Antonio, Texas, is most notable for being the former home of "The Rocket", a wooden roller coaster which now operates as The Phoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Ed Gaida, who lived at Playland Park, has written a book about the park.

The Rocket[edit]

The San Antonio park was designed and built by Herb Schmeck and the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the roller coaster operated from 1947 until the park's closure in 1980. Knoebels purchased the ride in 1984 and dismantled it during the winter of 1985. As there were no blueprints to work with, each individual board was numbered and cataloged on site. The restored roller coaster opened at Knoebels on June 15, 1985. It is named after the mythical phoenix bird which rises, reborn from its own ashes.

The first Playland Park was originally located in Houston, Texas in the mid-1940s and lasted through to mid-1960s. It was Texas' first amusement park and it stood near the site where the famed AstroWorld once stood. It is now a suburban and commercial development area. The park also featured Texas' first elevated monorail train (1956- Skyway Monorail)

Astroworld replaced Playland Park as Houston's and Texas' largest amusement park attraction from the 1960s up until the 1990s when new 'theme' parks were built in Dallas and San Antonio.

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