Whalom Park, circa 1915
|Slogan||For a Whale of a Time!|
|Location||Lunenburg, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Closed||September 4, 2000|
Whalom Park was established in 1893 by the Fitchburg & Leominster Street Railway as a traditional, English-style park of gardens and walking paths. At the time of its last day of operations in 2000, Whalom was known as the 13th oldest amusement park in the United States, as well as the second-oldest trolley park in the world. The park had been in continuous seasonal operation for 107 years.
The "Flyer Comet" wooden roller coaster was one of the park's best-known rides. Most remaining structures at the park, including the Flyer Comet, were demolished in October 2006, to make way for development.
Rides and attractions
|Name||Manufacturer||Year Added||Year Removed||Notes|
|Whalom Park Carousel||Looff||1914||2000||Featured 2 Looff Sea Dragons. Broken up at auction April 15, 2000|
|Ferris wheel||Eli Bridge||2000|
|Flyer Comet||Philadelphia Toboggan Company||1940||2006|
|Flying Scooters||Bisch Rocco||2000|
|The Looper||Allan Herschell||2000||AKA: The Hampster Cages. Despite common belief, this ride was not purchased by Knoebels (Knoebels purchased theirs from a traveling carnival)|
|Octopus||Eyerly Aircraft Company||Parts of this ride were still sitting in back of the maintenance shop when the park closed in 2000|
|Paratrooper||Frank Hrubetz & Company||2000|
|Satellite Jets||Kasper Klaus||2000||Originally located at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA|
|Sea Dragon||Chance Morgan||2000|
|Tumble Bug||Traver Engineering||2000||Sold To Edaville Railroad but never assembled. Sold as scrap metal in 2010.|
|Turnpike||Streco||1990||Replaced in the early 1990s by two Honda go-karts due to maintenance issue, Honda go-karts were in the park until the park closed in 2000.|
|Train Ride||Iron Horse Company
by Allan Herschell
|The Whip||W.F. Mangels||2000|
|Arcade||2000||The Building that held the arcade was originally the park's Candle Pin Bowling alley.|
|Funhouse||2006||Included a Barrel of Fun/Barrel of Laughs. Demolished in 2006|
|Ball Room||1933||2002||Destroyed by arson, March 2, 2002.|
|Silly Savage||2000||Silly Savage was one of the park mascot's at Whalom Park, a lion-like creature with a top hat.|
|Super Chick||2000||Another mascot.|
|Wally Whalom||2000||Wally Whalom was also a mascot at the park, but unlike Silly Savage and Super Chick in costumes, he was a clown.|
|Barnaby, The Walking Talking Puppet||2000||Barnaby The Walking Talking Puppet was a puppet who gave shows to guests around the park.|
|Whalom Park Center Stage||2000||The Whalom Park Center Stage was an outdoor theater for shows that attracted guests.|
|Kiddieland||2000||Kiddieland was a section of the park for younger children where there were rides designated for younger kids and a small theater for puppet and marionette shows.|
|Whalom Park Cafe Restaurant||2000||There was a sit down restaurant called "Whalom Park Cafe" in the park besides the other food stands that were inside Whalom Park.|
|Mini Golf Land||2000||Mini Golf Land was a miniature golf course that was located near The Whip|
|Picnic groves||1893||2000||The picnic groves had picnic tables and a pavilion, and a small playground.|
|Waterpark||2000||Whalom Park had its own waterpark with waterslides in it.|
Appearances in pop culture
TV advertisement jingle
There were two versions of the jingle:
- If you're looking for something exciting to do,
- Then Whalom Park is the place for you!
- With lots of rides and loads of fun,
- Whalom Park's for ev-ery-one!
- For fun and excitement,
- A place to unwind,
- Whalom Paaaark...for a whale of a time!
- Whalom Park, you'll have a good time
- If you need excitement, then come for the fun!
- Whalom Park, it's for everyone!
- Amusement rides! And water slides!
- Whalom Park, it's family sized!
- Picnics and good times! Rides, games, and shows!
- Whalom's got it! C'mon let's gooooooo!
- Great for the family! It's one of a kind!
- Whalom Paaaark...for a whale of a time!
- Owen, Paula (2009-12-15). "Work started on Whalom Park condominiums". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- "Coasting to a stop at Whalom Park," The Boston Globe, October 19, 2006, Jenna Russell
- "Once a Carny", The Metropolis Observed, June, 2002, Michele Herman
- Lowell Sun, December 2013: "Groups Aims for new Whalom Park"
- "Fire destroys Whalom ballroom", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 21, 2002, Benjamin Cole
- "Great Old Amusement Parks", WQED (Pittsburgh, PA), 1999, ISBN 0-7806-2736-9
- "Minerva - A Sea Dragon", The Carousel News & Trader, November 2004, Edna Caskey Wieier
- "It Was a Whale of a Time", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), 2001, Shari Duffy
- "People Rally for Whalom Park", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 10, 2002, Bob Green
- "Police: Teens set fire at Whalom Park", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 2002, Benjamin Cole
- Sanders, Ron (2006-10-17). "Locals Reflect On Soon-To-Be Demolished Park". WBZTV. Retrieved 2008-01-21.[dead link]
- Whalom Park at the Roller Coaster DataBase
- The New Whalom Park Ownership Program, LLC
- FREE Interactive 'Memorial' Map of Whalom Park (1980s)
- History site for Whalom Park
- Bob Cornellier's Whalom Park site
- A Sentimental Journey for Whalom Park Puppeteer Paul L’Ecuyer
- Laff in the Dark article about Whalom Park