One of the most beloved traditions in the Pittsburgh area is an annual Summer trip to Kennywood Park. Kennywood has been putting smiles on Steel City faces since the late 1800s! (Factually, the park opened as a “trolley park” in 1899, which still counts to this writer!)
The West Mifflin amusement park and it’s many infamous rides have definitely stood the test of time. Visitor favorites like The Racers, The Jackrabbit, The Thunderbolt, The Steel Phantom, Phantom’s Revenge (just to name a few), have attracted guests from all around the world. While coasters are nice, nothing refreshes you on a hot day quite like The Log Jammer. Well, that is, through this weekend.
Kennywood announced today that this Sunday, September 17th, will be the last day of operation for the legendary flume. Below is the official announcement from their website:
As Kennywood’s 2017 Summer Season winds down and we look ahead to 2018, we’ve come to a very hard decision: the Log Jammer will retire at the end of this season.
To celebrate 42 years of our favorite logs, Kennywood invites friends, families and Pittsburgh visitors to enjoy one last ride down the 53-foot drop chute before the summer season comes to an end on September 17.
While we know that the Log Jammer is a beloved ride for many of our guests and has been for us as well, we’re looking forward to exploring exciting new developments in that corner of the park in future seas
“It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests’ experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites.”
The Log Jammer debuted at Kennywood in 1975 as the park’s first million-dollar attraction. The site of the Jammer was previously home to attractions including the Kangaroo, Loop-O-Plane, Bayern Kurve, a Ferris Wheel, and, from 1930 until 1974, a pony track.
We would like to thank Kennywood for 42 years of laughs, splashs, and memories we’ll never forget on this wet and wild ride. We bid a very bittersweet farewell to The Log Jammer!!!
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