July 23, 2016

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$5M music revival sought for amusement park

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Two brothers who grew up in Gloria Glens want to bring back music to the long-abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park.

Flying Cages, a company formed by brothers Scott and Brian Jones, sent out a news release Monday saying it was seeking investors to build an 8,000-seat outdoor concert venue at the site of the park, whose stage once hosted pop music icons Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Diamond, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Alice Cooper and Ohio’s Michael Stanley.

Flying Cages President Scott Jones, 35, said he needs to raise about $5 million — $1.9 million to buy the land and about $3 million to develop it.

Jones also is president of Jerry Bruno Productions, a live music provider that specializes in weddings and corporate events, and the company puts on nearly 1,200 events a year.

Jones said his family owned a cottage in Gloria Glens for 60 years.

“I’ve spent every summer of my life on Chippewa Lake,” he said.

Jones said his parents met working together at the park as teenagers in the 1960s.

“We’re not just reviving the park and bringing back the live music,” he said. “We’re going to restore the beautiful land and contribute to its surrounding communities while preserving a legacy.”

He recalled seeing the amusement park decay over the years, with some buildings destroyed by fire and the site full of “dangerous rubble,” including a Ferris wheel and the remnants of a “flying cages” ride — similar to a large teeter totter.

Jones’s partner and brother, Brian Jones, has a construction background and is president of Suburban Builders and Remodelers.

“In the works is the ‘Starlight Stage’ hosting 30 national acts each summer, seating 8,000 in pavilion and lawn seats,” according to the company’s news release. “300 campsites will be available nightly on nearly 30 wooded acres, and open-air markets will run during the summer months with room for more than 100 vendors.” Jones said if funding comes together, he hopes to open the park in 2015.

Jones said he would host a community meeting to learn what residents and local officials thought of the project.

He urged interested investors to contact him in order to request a business plan at (216) 262-3179 or Scott@FlyingCages.com.

This isn’t the first proposal to restore Chippewa Lake Park, which closed in 1978.

The 95-acre property had been owned for years by Chippewa Lake Properties Inc., which sold it in 2008 to a group called Foundations Commercial LLC, which hoped to develop the site into a hotel, culinary school and spa.

Those plans fell victim to the recession, and the property was sold back to Chippewa Lake Properties at an August 2012 sheriff’s sale.

Chippewa Lake Properties is a subsidiary of Walton Hills-based Continental Business Enterprises.

Lou Trolli, president of Continental Business Enterprises, declined to comment on Jones’ proposal, except to say, “There’s no activity going on with the park.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.