Bushkill Park owners left with questi...

Bushkill Park owners left with questions, damage -- themorningc...

There are 85 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 20, 2007, titled Bushkill Park owners left with questions, damage -- themorningc.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

What happened to the Bushkill Park bumper cars? Who cut out the wiring that powers much of the park? How did that plastic cow get up on the roof of one of the park's buildings? As owners Neal Fehnel and Sam ...

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Old Bridge, NJ

#69 Jun 11, 2010
We all have that one special memory of Bushkill Park: Roller Skating Parties, the Haunted House, the Whip, the boats, the ticket booth, the train, Mrs. Long.
Sadly, that is all we will ever have.
Greed, a few Ahole Owners and fraud have killed Bushkill Park forever.
Rest in Peace treasured memories of Bushkill Park.
You forever will be missed.
Your memories will always bring a smile to my face.
Your current situation with all those involved will remind me of what being a true, heartless as$hole can accomplish in today's world. This will always make me sad.
Omniscient Observer

Narberth, PA

#70 Aug 18, 2010
Ok folks, Here's some important facts to keep in mind as we discuss the impossible fantasies of the alleged owner(s), as reported by the Easton Paper in a seemingly knee-jerk response story, and as people like to discuss the option of all getting together to "volunteer" to rebuild the park:

(1) All rides have been not-so-carefully removed from Bushkill Park and carted away in piles in May of 2010. Cleaning up the park to reopen does not involve ripping out all of the existing rides, which were already in operating condition to begin with. When so limited on funds, no sensible person intentionally creates redundant and unnecessary work.

(2) If the owner(s) "cannot afford to pay" fundamental labor costs for "cleanup" for more than one or two weeks' time, please consider how impossible the notion of them paying to either buy new rides or repair and reinstall the previous rides, pay the down payment for all insurances required, registration fees, utilities, operational costs, parts, skilled labor, advertising and promotion, etc. We're talking startup costs well in excess of $50,000. Someone crying poverty doesn't have this kind of money.

(3) All of the fences around all of the rides have been destroyed and piled up in the back field. They can no longer be used due to the manner in which they were broken apart. All fences will need to be replaced in order to open. Cost = >$3,000.

(4) After recklessly leaving the "Boat Ride" sit for the past few years uncovered and each of the boats filled with water all winter, so the water can turn to ice each winter and break apart the fiberglass boat hulls, how can anyone expect that the same owners have any clue or intention of suddenly doing the right thing now?

(5) HUNDREDS upon hundreds of volunteers have already been foolish enough to donate their time to this FOR-PROFIT business, owned by people who are very wealthy and refuse to pay their own bills. Someone explain this to me. None of the thousands of volunteer hours previously committed to the park by local citizens was ever appreciated, and worse still, their efforts were grossly abused and taken advantage of. Volunteering for a pair of profoundly greedy, lazy owners to restore their private business simply because you want to see a historic park open again is simply foolish. We can only wait for the owners to die off or sell to a responsible party, and then work together to get it reopened.

(6) After three years of being back in control of the park, why claim to be doing "cleanup" now? Why let it get into such a pathetic condition as it is in now? The Merry Mixer building was crushed by a rotten tree limb more than a year ago, and has not been touched since. And why should anyone believe these owners?

United States

#71 Aug 20, 2010
I have been trying to find out what happened to the merrygoround which originally came from willow mill park. I have a long history with the piece and more than anything want to see it protected. Please post any information that may help. Thank you.


#72 Aug 26, 2010
Re: Previous posting; the Willow Mill M-G-R is in storage, intact, operable, and... for sale.

United States

#73 Aug 27, 2010
Thanks for the update!! How would one go about finding more information i.e. asking price/ location?

Saint Paul, MN

#75 Dec 10, 2010
Just watch the December 6, 2010 episode of American Pickers on History Channel.

Lehighton, PA

#76 Jan 16, 2011
I have been reading quite a bit about Buskill Park. My g/f's family grew up there in the 50's and 60's. I have heard stories of Ma & Pa Long and about the attractions at the park. I believe that many injustices have helped to ruin Bushkill Park. The biggest being the devotion of many volunteers being taken advantage of because of their loyalty to the park. They were not told all of the facts by the owners in my opinion. The owners used these people for there own benefit in my opinion. Hell American Pickers were even given a sob story about opening the park. They thought they were doing a good thing giving Fehnel $5000 from the sale of the canvas paintings to fix The Whip. This guy really is a clown for sure. Shame on you, I don't know how you can live with yourself every day. There used to be an amusement park on Lake Hopatcong called Bertrand Island that I use to frequent in my younger years. That too was sold off for the construction of condo's. That was a beautiful place although a lot bigger then BP. My point being is I do understand how some of the locals feel about losing part of there past. I would've never volunteered to clean up this park. It was the owners responsibility to take care of this. It is not a non-profit organization and even though their hearts were in the right place they should've taken this into consideration.

Oak Park, MI

#77 Mar 15, 2011
Does any one know anything about the bumper cars and there condition? Im looking for a contact person or a link to inquire about them.

Philipsburg, PA

#78 Jun 7, 2011
After looking at the 2005 pics I think you will find the Turtles in Tipton PA at Delgrosso's Amusement Park wow such a little state
pigtailsnpatentl eather

Bath, PA

#79 Dec 26, 2011
What a shame. This park is still very important. If it is to survive, many challenges must be overcome. I think that if it were not privately owned, it would stand a better chance. The memories of this place will always be dear to my heart. I think that this is something that children of today could benefit from. I drive by everyday on my way to work and have considered so many times to contact someone to volunteer to participate in doing something about the deteriorating condition. It's heartbreaking. Reading these posts, I'm not surprised to hear of the problems involved in managing the restoration. Of course I'm not interested in being used for someone else's gain. There's enough of dodging that everyday. I do not see much discussion about the issue of the flood plane and how this should be addressed. If something is not accomplished soon, the park will definately be gone eventually. I would hate to see it sold to a developer. Anyone who is a naysayer and wishes to see it further destroyed should stay out of it.
I'm interested to know what initiatives are currently in place to move toward corrective action against the latest detrimental events.
pigtailsnpatentl eather

Bath, PA

#80 Dec 26, 2011
Spectator wrote:
Re: Previous posting; the Willow Mill M-G-R is in storage, intact, operable, and... for sale.
It would be a miracle, I know, but it would be so wonderful if the carousel were purchased and brought back. It would be such a tribute to the legacy of Mom and Pop long.
Just saying

Easton, PA

#81 Jan 11, 2012
If its true that all the rides are being sold off and new rides are eventually installed. The parks name should be changed because it wouldnt be the Bushkill park we knew growing up.
Joel 1956

Bethlehem, PA

#82 Jun 16, 2012
If I had the money, I would buy the rights to the name "Bushkill Park", then buy the land at Arndt & Mitman Rds, that big field, secure all the permits, relocate the park in this former farm field. I'd find a lot of these vintage rides and other attractions that were at the original Bushkill Park. I'd even build a swimming pool, build a wooden roller-coaster, too. No more floods.
Again the New Bushkill Park would be family friendly, with a low admittance fee.
If I had the money, like several million dollars, I would do this.

Watsontown, PA

#83 Oct 19, 2012
Would anyone know how to get in contact with the former owners? I want to take pictures of abandoned places, and I would really like Bushkill Park to be my first stop on this quest.

South San Francisco, CA

#84 Feb 11, 2013
Wow,And I thought people here in California were crappy to each other! How sad this whole story is. You people on here all suck, majorly suck.
F Lou Gull

Kent, WA

#85 Feb 11, 2013
I have many fond memories of this place, up until the day that I died there.
no man

Easton, PA

#86 Feb 17, 2013
the park getting distroiyed was the owners falt there were leves and a dame to control the water and a dirt wall to keep the water back. the got rid of the dirt wall becoase it dident look nice and leves and dame blame the state for that.
karma is coming

Bethlehem, PA

#87 Mar 25, 2013
Walt, you are an idiot and a liar. You are incompetent and are no better than Neal or Sam. You were a waste of space at Six Flags, Dorney and NYC. Funny how you were charged with stealing a company truck from MD! Also your burgulary charges and suspended license.... It helps being a private investigator(LOL). I own my own business and it is ashame the statute has passed for your former employees to sue you under the EEOC. Karma is coming. Get ready to own up to your lies.
karma is coming

Bethlehem, PA

#88 Mar 25, 2013
One last thing, Do you like prison orange? I am compiling a list of your indiscrestions and since i am being paid handsomely for my work, the former owners will have the ammunition and proof to put you in jail next to bubba where you belong! What you gonna do when the boys in blue come for you? I accepted this assignement for a 50% reduction of our normal fees as a direct result of your pathetic behavior.

Bethlehem, PA

#89 Apr 29, 2013
Guest wrote:
What I take from the story is that they are three thoroughly incompetent businessmen.
How is it zoned, and is it for sale ? Are any Liens on the property? Any info please reply...

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