During a visit to Conneaut Lake Park for a regional event Saturday, American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) announced a donation of $7,000 for the purpose of maintenance on the park’s venerable Blue Streak roller coaster.

This is one of several contributions that ACE has made to the park. In 2010, Blue Streak was recognized as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark — a recognition reserved for rides of the most historical significance — and a historical marker was presented along with a $10,000 donation that helped with restoration allowing the ride to reopen later that year.

Bill Linkenheimer of Pittsburgh, a past president of the enthusiast organization and now a representative for its western Pennsylvania region, was on hand for the presentation and expressed hope that thedonation will inspire community leaders and local businesses to lend support to the nonprofit park in the form of underwriting and sponsorship.

“With its historic rides, modest prices and access to a free beach, Conneaut

Lake Park is a true public treasure,” Linkenheimer said. “As with museums and symphony orchestras, ticket revenue isn’t enough and contributions such as this are instrumental to the success of the park and the region.”

“Conneaut Lake Park has always been such a vital link in the tourism of the area, bringing visitors from all over to visit,” said Dave Hahner, historian for ACE. “Blue Streak is such an integral part of the popularity of the park. ACE is proud to help support this classic coaster, one of only two remaining designed by Pittsburgh native Edward Vettel.”

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