Making Memories

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
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Trip End Dec 25, 1998


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Friday, May 8, 1998

Go with me? Mother's Day means memories, and we're going to a place that's knee-deep in them. I'm talking about Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, more fondly known as Lake Winnie. Can you believe it's been around for over 70 years?

But everything old is new again at Lake Winnie these days, freshly painted and landscaped and spiffed for spring. We can feel young again too, wandering the park in a fit of reminiscing. Such as when we were just a tot, in a can't-sit-still train ride around the park. Or that soaring, scary sky-ride over the lake, as we clung to Mom and Dad.

Then there was our phase of life called "I'll-die-if-I'm-seen-with-my-parents" when we hung out in the arcade. But next thing we knew, we were booking the Birthday Cake party house for our three-year-old, and driving Mom and Dad to the park for Sunday afternoon music shows on a bench in the shade.

Yes, Lake Winnie is all about family. Owned by the White family for many years now, it was turned into a place for boating and picnicking by the Dixons in the 1920's. Carl Dixon designed the boat chute, forerunner of the type you see in major parks today, and the miniature golf course was the second ever built in the USA! The work-of-art carousel horses were handcrafted in 1916.

The Whites have kept the park totally up-to-date by adding new things each year, such as this year's Balloon Ride and The Orbiter (don't ask!). And the Cannon Ball, with its 72-foot hill and 2,800-foot track, has admirers all over the world - check it out on the internet.

So pack a spread for one of the 17 picnic shelters and go. An amusement park for Mother's Day? Yes, it's a great place to make new memories. See you there.

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, Lakeview Drive, Rossville, Georgia
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