Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Central Park Gardens Amusement Park, Rockford, Illinois. (1921-1942) - aka: Auburn Kiddieland, Rockford, Illinois.

Central Park Gardens Amusement Park was at 3500 Auburn Street, Rockford, Illinois. Owned by Charles O. Breining, the park opened in 1921.

It quickly became a popular spot that offered amusement rides, dancing, roller skating, games, novelty and food concession stands, concerts and a giant wooden roller coaster, among its many other attractions. The name was later shortened to Central Park.
The wooden roller coaster at Central Park Gardens was designed by John A. Miller and built by Harry C. Baker in 1921. The Giant Coaster was named the "Jack Rabbit" and then changed to the "Thriller." Some of Rockford's Harlem Park's most popular rides were moved here in 1928 when Harlem Park in Rockford was shuttered and demolished. Central Park would remain in operation until 1942, when it was sold for more profitable commercial use.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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