A last farewell to Kiddieland

June 29, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey)

We can't stay kids forever. There are only so many years--a precious few at that--in which our summers are hot and endless; when we frolic with abandon--our lives timed by the school bell, the kiss of a jump rope against the ground, or sound of basketball calling us to our next pickup game.

Yes, we can do all these things as adults. But it isn't quite the same. Bills to pay. Stuff to do. You know--1st Corinthians 13:11 and all.

Demolition began yesterday on Kiddieland‚  amusement park in Melrose Park. The park had been there 80 years before closing last summer. Its rides were stripped out and shipped elsewhere (the wooden roller coaster wound up at Great America in Gurnee). Kiddieland's demolition will make way for a Costco that is certainly needed, but not as much fun. The village said the new store will bring in more tax revenue than Kiddieland.

See? Bills to pay. Stuff to do. And playtime ends at North and 1st avenues.


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

Here's a 1986 commercial for Kiddieland. Not the most ethnically-diverse spot, but it gets the point across: