Roseland Park

Roseland Park

Infobox Amusement park
name = Roseland Park

caption = Roseland on Canandaigua Lake
location = Canandaigua
location2= New York
location3 = United States flagicon|USA
address= 169 Lake Shore Drive Canandaigua, New York 14424
opening_date = 1925
closing_date = September 2, 1985
previous_names = Lakeside Park (1925-1928)
season = May - September
area =
rides = 21 (at time of close)
coasters = 3
water_rides =
owner = William Muar (1925-1961) then Lester Boyce (until close)
slogan = "Playground of the Finger Lakes"
homepage =

Roseland Park is a now defunct amusement park previously located at 169 Lake Shore Drive in the city of Canandaigua, New York. The park is located along the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Roseland started operation in 1925 under its founder and original owner, William Muar. It continued to operate for 60 years until its closure on Labor Day September 2, 1985.cite book |last= Hotra|first= Lynda McCurdy |coauthors= Sherman Farnham |title= Roseland: Playground of the Fingerlakes |publisher= OCHS Publications Fund |year= 2007 |isbn= 0-941198-25-1 ]


Roseland originally opened up under the name "Lakeside Park" with little more than a dance hall and a few rides. The dance hall itself was named "Roseland" after the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. After three years it had become such an integral component to the park's identity, that the park itself was renamed from Lakeside to Roseland. ] Over the years as the park changed and grew, it saw many rides come and go. Some of the additional attractions saw things like a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a miniature train ride, a sky ride that went out over part of Canandaigua Lake before returning to the station, and the park's Carousel, which was purchased for the park in 1941 from the defunct Long Branch amusement park. cite web |title=A Carousel Rich In History |url= |accessdate=2007-07-31 ] For a period of time there was even a live circus act. cite web |title=Roseland Park Revisited |url= |accessdate=2007-07-31 ] Additional attractions have been added and changed over the years, including the addition of the park's major wooden roller coaster, the "Skyliner", which was built in 1960.

Park Rides

The following is a partial list of attractions Roseland had at various points throughout its history.


On September 16th, two weeks following the park closure, an auction was held to sell off all of the park's remains. ] While almost nothing of the site that Roseland once occupied remains today, two of the park's most notable rides can still be found in operation. Philadelphia Toboggan Company's carousel No. 18, was purchased at the auction for $397,500 by the Pyramid Companies of Syracuse. It was refurbished and restored to its original colors, and then installed at the Carousel Center mall in Syracuse, New York on October 15th 1990. Carousel No. 18 was originally built in 1909. ]

The other ride still in operation is the Skyliner, a wooden roller coaster. This ride was also built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The Skyliner was built at Roseland and opened in 1960, where it operated until the park's close in 1985. It was then moved to Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania reopening in 1987 under the same name. The Skyliner was designed by John C. Allen who later went on to design the Blue Streak at Cedar Point. The Skyliner is a double out and back coaster with a track length of 2400 feet, and a maximum height of 60 feet. cite web |title=Roller Coaster DataBase (Skyliner) |url= |accessdate=2007-07-31 ]

A housing development now sits on the property where Roseland Park once was. Though Roseland Amusement Park has long since shut down, the name still exists today in the form of Roseland Waterpark, which is also located in Canandaigua.


External links

*cite web |title=Roseland Park, Canandaigua, NY (1970) |url=
*cite web |title=Canandaigua Glimpses: More Roseland Park |url=
*Palmer, Richard F. (December 1992). [ Memories of Roseland Park] . "Crooked Lake Review".

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