Thrill-Ville USA

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Thrill-Ville USA
Thrill-Ville USA 2009 2.JPG
Park grounds in 2009
Location 8372 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates 44°49′59.32″N 123°00′31.68″W / 44.8331444°N 123.0088000°W / 44.8331444; -123.0088000Coordinates: 44°49′59.32″N 123°00′31.68″W / 44.8331444°N 123.0088000°W / 44.8331444; -123.0088000
Opened 1970s
Closed 2007
Operating season June through Labor Day
Rides
Roller coasters 2
Water rides 2

Thrill-Ville USA was an amusement park in Turner, Oregon, United States. The park was located next to the Enchanted Forest south of Salem on Interstate 5. Opened in the 1970s, the park grew to more than 20 rides before closing in 2007. Rides included roller coasters, go-karts, classic carnival rides (such as Octopus, Rock-O-Plane, Tilt-A-Whirl, Paratrooper, and many more) a 55-foot (17 m) double water slide, and a regular slide. The park also had an area called "Thrill-Zone" which included a Sky Coaster, Big Sling ride, SCAD Freefall Tower, and Turbo Force. De-construction of the park's major roller coaster, the "Ripper" started in spring 2010.

History[edit]

In the early 1970s what later became Thrill-Ville USA opened as a go-cart track.[1] The Vettrus family added the go-carts as a children’s amusement feature next to the family’s recreational vehicle (RV) park.[2] The Vettrus brothers later owned and operated the amusement park that grew to more than 20 different rides.[3] In 1984, the park added a 55-foot-tall (17 m) waterslide.[4]

The park was renamed as Thrill-Ville USA in the early 1990s.[2] Marion County told the operators in the early 1990s that the park’s land needed to be rezoned or face possible closure.[2] In 1995, Thrill-Ville was allowed to stay open after meeting a variety of conditions set by the county including noise abatement and establishing a parking plan.[2] By 1999, the park had an annual attendance of 200,000 people.[4] In May 2008, the park announced that due to higher insurance costs and a slowing economy that the park would not open for its usual season of Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2008.[3][5] The park also said that Thrill-Ville USA may not ever re-open.[1][6]

Attractions[edit]

Roller coaster and slide in 2009

The park had two roller coasters, The Ripper and the Little Ripper. The bigger one was 60 feet (18 m) tall.[4] Another ride was the Skycoaster, which lifted people 100 feet (30 m) up before dropping them to swing in their harnesses.[2] A 55-foot (17 m) tall water slide was the largest in Oregon.[4] It had two open-chutes that spiraled down over 350 feet (110 m) to the pool below.[4] Other attractions included go-karts,[4] a large slide, and miniature golf among others.[7] Visitors were summoned to the park by a large spray foam figure named Thrillman.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Associated Press. “Thrill-Ville amusement park to close because of slowing economy”, The Oregonian, May 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f “Thrill-Ville stays open conditionally”, The Oregonian, April 14, 1995, p. C2.
  3. ^ a b The Associated Press. “News in Brief: No thrills this year at Thrill-Ville USA”, The Oregonian, May 22, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Mayer, Nancy. “Five Ways to Slide Into Cool”, The Oregonian, August 13, 1999, p. E1.
  5. ^ "ACE News Now: Thrill-Ville USA has Closed". American Coaster Enthusiasts. May 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  6. ^ Cowan, Ron; Capi Lynn (May 21, 2008). "Thrill-Ville USA closes doors for year". Statesman Journal. 
  7. ^ The Associated Press. “Salem has big-city attractions and a small-town ambiance”, The Deseret News, October 3, 1999.

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