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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Easton, PA

#1 Oct 20, 2007
What I take from the story is that they are three thoroughly incompetent businessmen.
Not in my school

Whitehall, PA

#2 Oct 20, 2007
These guys are always looking for the public to volunteer their time to clean up that mess. They want to have a "weed wacking party". Why not just hire a landscaper?

Maybe they are interviewing electricians that are willing to donate their time as well to fix the cut wiring. Hey everyone line up for the opportunity to work for free for a couple of rich guys.

You're trying to tell me that Balloons the Clown (aka Neal Fehnel) and the Baurkots are broke? More like cheap. I never saw them give anything for free.

If they really want to make Bushkill Park a success they should just spend the money that needs to be spent instead trying to tap into the community's sense of duty and nostalgia. If they are not willing to do that, just close it for good.
Frank Rizzo

Whitehall, PA

#3 Oct 20, 2007
Along the lines of the Bushkill Park investors...I am poor but I am looking to get a bunch of "volunteers" to donate time and materials to help me rehab an "invesetment" property.
Would Baurkot be the same person that owns Baurkot beer distributing in Forks twp?
When was the last time he ever donated beer and soda for a community event?
I guarantee if he did it would nowhere near equal the amount of money taken to rehab this park!
These two guys need to quit palying the sympathy card......sorry guys I dont feel sorry for you!
Maybe its time to throw in the towel, own up to your financial responsibilities, and close this money pit for good.
Bushkill would not be the first nostalgic place in the Lehigh Valley to close and it seems to me the investment is not worth the return.
You guys can always buy some investment property on College Hill, which the city of Easton is slowly using to turn Cattell Street into a nice looking HUD community....when can we expect our 1st drive by on the hill??.....The Mayor
Shut it down

United States

#4 Oct 20, 2007
OH, it is closed already.
I guess they were too cheap to have flood insurance.
This weed wacker party, is that where you get wacked out on weed?

Northampton, PA

#5 Oct 20, 2007
How about selling it to men who take the time and have the energy to get their hands dirty, instead of clowns who are sitting on a nice peace of property with potential and don't care to pay anyone to make it better.


Since: Jul 07

Allentown, PA

#6 Oct 20, 2007
I use to love this park when I was a little girl, I cant remember how many times I went roller skating at this place. I hope that they can get it back up and running it will bring much do entertainment to the area.
Big Top

Aston, PA

#7 Oct 20, 2007
Fehnel is a clown.

Reading, PA

#8 Oct 20, 2007

Mesquite, TX

#9 Oct 20, 2007
In all reality if the park were to re-open...how safe is it? I mean come on..the rides and "attractions" of that place are very antiquated. Im sure it was a place in its hay day, but time to tear it down and let the memories die.
Wait a minute here

United States

#10 Oct 20, 2007
I was a volunteer there for the last 2 years. There were only 11 bumper cars after the floods to start with, why are they saying there were 15? The missing park benches were originally aquired by Walt Reiss to start with from I believe Dorney Park, they were his to sell if he wanted to. As to the missing rides, I was there this week and all of the rides that were originally there are still there, the only rides "missing" are the ones Walt Reiss brought in, in fact some of those are still there. I personally have seen some of the neglect on the rides from years past and I sincerely hope these clowns get an independant inspector who is reputable before they are allowed to open.
I think the volunteering is done guys, open up the wallets and start paying for something! Just curious, how many certified mechanics, welders, electricians, etc. are you going to get to volunteer?

Easton, PA

#11 Oct 20, 2007
Kelly wrote:
In all reality if the park were to re-open...how safe is it? I mean come on..the rides and "attractions" of that place are very antiquated. Im sure it was a place in its hay day, but time to tear it down and let the memories die.
Yep. If every ride was repaired they still would be too old to pass safety inspections. Call it a loss and tear it down. I'm sure the property alone is worth something to land developers.

“When will we learn?!?”

Since: Sep 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#12 Oct 20, 2007
Jed wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep. If every ride was repaired they still would be too old to pass safety inspections. Call it a loss and tear it down. I'm sure the property alone is worth something to land developers.
Actually to be fair....the age of the rides has nothing to do with it as long as competant maintenance is done. The Whip, Scrambler, and other kiddie rides are no different than the ones at Dorney Park.

“When will we learn?!?”

Since: Sep 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#13 Oct 21, 2007
I just checked out bushkillpark.org and saw copies of the liens against the owners. I thought they said these were not relevant? There are copies of 6 liens against the park and its owners. What's the whole story Mr. Fehnel....I'm certainly not going to volunteer if you're lying to the public.


#14 Oct 21, 2007
I have been a volunteer at the park for the last 3 years and wrote an OP ED piece to the Express Times concerning Walt Reiss and his attack in the paper on the volunteers. I can' prove who did the damage, however, each project I worked on was vandelized during his tenure: holes in the wall I built off the rink, fence that the Boy Scouts and I built around the boats were cut off with a chain saw at the base, wires in a wall I helped build cut off going to the circuit breaker panel and deck I worked on cut up with a chain saw. Walt is one of the few who knew I worked on each of those projects Did Walt do that in retaliation? I'll let you be the judge! Ivan's damage was an act of god....this damage was man made and criminal! As far as the picnic tables sold on Ebay...they were donated by Dorney to the Park...not to Walt Reiss. Thank Heavens the park is back in the hands of people who care about the children of the Lehigh Valley. Volunteers come out and try it's a lot of fun and rewarding when you see the enjoyment on the kid's faces...well worth the time and effort. I've seen too many of thse parks disappear and THEY NEVER COME BACK!

“When will we learn?!?”

Since: Sep 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#16 Oct 21, 2007
What about the tax liens? Is this not true?

Since: Oct 07

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 22, 2007
10yrs + ago I use to take my boys there for company picnics and then it was run down and in need of some major repair. The last time I was there was right before the flood where they made some MINOR improvements.
I dont know much about the people who own it but it should have been shut down back then.
If they are using the community to volunteer, They know people will work as one to keep a bit of history working. How else can you get free labor? Wouldnt that be considered good business practice?

side note...a few yrs back didnt they have some big tadoo about refurbishing the merry go round?
Tired Eyes

Kingston, NY

#18 Oct 22, 2007
This is the second time your paper has, erroneously, said the merry-go-round was destroyed. It was ready to operate had the park opened in the spring of 2005 but, had to be sold because Baurkot said to take it out and neither he, nor Fehnel, did anything to keep it in the park or even in the Lehigh Valley. That's how they repaid the three dozen or so volunteers who worked almost two years to restore it for Fehnel, Hogan, and then, Baurkot, who later sold the park's half to Long. Only Long tried to keep it in the area.

Center Valley, PA

#19 Oct 22, 2007
after working for all three men i can tell you one thing, working for walt was no thrill. Walt tried to weasel his way past inspection boards, had untrained employees "inspect" the rides in the morning, break child labor laws(he constantly tried to get 16 year old kids to work more then the designated 20 hours) and threatened to fire anyone who didnt bow down to him. Walt was also all about profit. He constantly threat to fire everyone and bring in foreigners to run the park.

Sammy and Neil always were the kindest to their employees. The rides, while not always the prettiest, ran safetly and i can assure were inspected every morning by trained professionals. Sammy and Neil always had the paychecks for the employees, which is more then Walt could say.

Bushkill Park has the potential, if Neil and Sammy are willing to pay for the repairs. I hope they get the park running, as I am looking forward to taking my child to the park for his enjoyment.
Mom to youngins

Easton, PA

#20 Oct 22, 2007
As a mom to four young children, under the age of six, I would love to see Bushkill Park reopened. Dorney Park is great for the older kids but it's always so crowded. Bushkill was perfect for my age kids. It wasn't over run with people from other states and was more family oriented. I wish I had more free time and I would help clean up and fix up the park.

Since: Sep 07

Springtown, PA

#21 Oct 23, 2007
Fran McBride, if you're going to splurt out hostile remarks, then stand up and tell everyone your name. Your anger is poorly spent. Nothing was removed from the park that I did not pay for. I can not help vandalism, nor do I agree with any of your other remarks. I never made any such attack on any volunteers, despite your reckless perceptions or how inacurate as the Express Times consistently reports their version of the truth.

I paid thousands of dollars to build that precious deck in front of the skating rink that Neal and Sam have acquired for free, along with countless other improvements. If you think I was about to walk away from the park without removing the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of posessions, tools, equipment and supplies then you are simply mad. I am not in the business of donating insane amounts of money and labor to tax thieves who steal from their own employees and my government. My honest intention was to take my brand new chainsaw and cut MY DECK into as many small pieces as possible. Hearing about how much Fehnel has allegedly wrecked particular areas of the park since I left, I wish I had made the effort to follow through on disabling my nice new deck. It makes me sick to my stomach that this pair of thieves will benefit from the lumber that I owe thousands of dollars for, not to mention the slave labor from so many volunteers including myself, believing that our efforts were well spent and appreiciated. If you think Neal Fehnel and Sam Baurkot are such honest and wonderful people, then you keep on blindly donating your time and efforts toward the ship they are committed to sinking. You disappointed me enormously with your disregard for truth, your willingness to follow rumors and allegations and your rush to make judgment without knowing ANY of the facts nor asking for the facts. For an airline pilot, I am flabbergasted at how downright irresponsible you turned out to be.

It bothers you so much that I fired three of my employees throughout the summer and threatened to fire the one employee who did the most severe damage to the company. You think she was the lifeblood of the company, so YOU hire her.
The next time you run your own company (never) then you keep a full staff of lazy and irresponsible employees so I can watch from the sidelines and laugh. My biggest mistake whereas my employees were concerned was not firing more of them a lot sooner. AND YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT.

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