Playland Park (Texas)
|Slogan||The Fun Spot of San Antonio|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
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 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.
- Detailed book on history of Playland Park
- History of Playland Park
- The Playland Rocket
- Playland Park at the Roller Coaster DataBase
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