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Old 04-18-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Some more remembrances of Moonlight Gardens.

Moonlight Gardens was a BYOB place. They sold setups, snacks, ice, etc. but not booze. Probably made more profit back then without selling booze. It was OK to bring your own in as long was you were discrete. If you over indulged or otherwise made an ass out of yourselves, they had people who would escort you out on your ear.

I remember one visit when they introduced the band vocalist. It was a very young Eydie Gorme. Wow that gal had a pair of lungs, no microphone or amplifier required. She just came out on stage and sang with no problem being heard.

It is hard to relate to people who never had the opportunity to experience it just how special Moonlight Gardens was back in the big band era.

I also had the opportunity for several visits to Castle Farms before its demise. It was our winter substitution for Moonlight Gardens, New Years Eve parties, etc.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Default Beautiful Old Photos

These were posted on the Over-The-Rhine Blog Beautiful, Historic Photos of Cincinnati | Over-the-Rhine Blog

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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See that diving board in the right photo. That may be what today would be rated as a 15 meter board. But see that tower to the right of it. I remember when that tower had what today would be at least a 40M platform, and people dove off of it. Almost as crazy as the guy with the horse diving into a tank at maybe 20M.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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See that diving board in the right photo. That may be what today would be rated as a 15 meter board. But see that tower to the right of it. I remember when that tower had what today would be at least a 40M platform, and people dove off of it. Almost as crazy as the guy with the horse diving into a tank at maybe 20M.
I am assuming that that board and platform are no longer there. Let the government and insurance companies protect us from our own stupidity (said tongue in cheek....Very dangerous)
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I am assuming that that board and platform are no longer there. Let the government and insurance companies protect us from our own stupidity (said tongue in cheek....Very dangerous)
Actually, I believe if you go out to Sunlite Pool today, that same tower and platform are still standing. That is because very little changes there over the years. Unless someone mandated they tear it down, I offer it is probably still standing there just like in that photo.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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See that diving board in the right photo. That may be what today would be rated as a 15 meter board. But see that tower to the right of it. I remember when that tower had what today would be at least a 40M platform, and people dove off of it. Almost as crazy as the guy with the horse diving into a tank at maybe 20M.
I don't think you mean meters.

The tower itself was (is if it's still standing) about 40ft tall, but the upper deck platform was a 10 meter board. The one below that on the tower was 5 meters.
For as long as I could remember, the 10 meter deck was not accessible, but the 5 meter was, and I jumped off of it many times.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Actually, I believe if you go out to Sunlite Pool today, that same tower and platform are still standing.
The tower is still there, but it not used for anything but to hold lights. The bathhouse in the background also is gone. The tower with the slide is still in the shallow end, and a new tube slide is in the deep end on the Kellogg Avenue side of the pool.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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As this season draws to a close, remembrances of Old Coney continue to fade. As I tell my children I consider it one of the greatest date venues ever in this City. Only the two oldest have any faint recollection of ever going there since they were so young.

Remember when near the end of the season they would bring in high-wire aerialist acts and have them perform in the center of the mall area? Prior to Riverfest, Coney's Labor Day celebration was the end of season event. Even at my age I sure miss that place.

My parents also spoke highly of another amusement park called Chester Park at spring grove and mitchell avenues. It was long gone before I came along, but they would talk about it frequently. Apparently for a period it was considered the destination in Cincy when Old Coney was the boonies.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Some pictures of Coney

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Old 05-25-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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^ I believe the picture on the right is of the Lazy River ride next to the Wildcat?

Was the ferris wheel taken down or moved when they installed the sky ride from one end of the mall to the order?

I sometimes have difficulty remembering where all of the rides were at Coney. Even though it has been closed for 40 years relative to the original park I still recall the 30 years or so as a kid and young adult when we went there. My wife and I when we were dating would go up early on Saturday morning, spend the day in Sunlite Pool, shower and change clothes, have dinner in the restaurant out in front of Moonlight Gardens, then spend the evening on the dance floor. It was the greatest date day/night in Cincinnati, maybe anywhere in the country.
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