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AURORA, Ohio — “A as soon as lovely marine life park [had] was ruins. It was like strolling by means of a ghost city of a few of the biggest reminiscences of my life, together with my childhood. It was unreal,” stated Nico Maragos, a former SeaWorld Ohio worker who gained entry to the deserted theme park in Aurora just lately to take pictures.
Ten years in the past SeaWorld Ohio closed completely in Aurora. Though the marine theme park closed in 2000, the identical area was used for Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom from 2005-2016.
By means of Maragos’s digital camera lens, the deterioration of the 50-acre theme park is clear in earlier than and after aspect-by-aspect footage.
The park first opened Might 29, 1970. It took three years to construct and price $5.5 million.
Greater than one million guests would go to SeaWorld Ohio between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer time within the peak of the park’s success to see points of interest like Shamu, Dolphin Cove, the Pearl Diving Pool, Shark Encounter, Patagonia Passage, the Wild Wings Hen Present and Flamingo Lagoon.
Maragos began working at SeaWorld in 1993 in operations and moved on to grow to be a chook coach on the Wild Wings Chook Present. In 1997, he moved to the animal care division to care for the dolphins at Dolphin Cove and ultimately he turned an animal coach for the dolphins and sea lions occasion through the first season of Six Flags Worlds of Journey.
The demise of the park began even earlier than the controversy over the remedy of marine life after receiving intense strain from activists.
In 1996, a water ski efficiency went terribly fallacious and a speedboat went over a railing into the spectators within the entrance row and 23 individuals have been harm.
That, coupled with the controversy over orca exhibits, and the lack so as to add curler coasters like different parks in america due to an settlement with Geauga Lake subsequent door began the decline for the park.
Maragos, who now lives in Detroit, visited the Cleveland space and was given permission to have a look round. The forty three-yr-previous posted greater than 35 photographs on Fb they usually immediately went viral with greater than 800 shares.
“As you possibly can see from the feedback individuals are posting, it’s nonetheless very a lot talked about and missed,” he stated.
“Working at SeaWorld was the very best job ever and the associates have been one giant household. I additionally met my spouse there (married 18 years [Nov. 27]) and she or he ended up…