Developer unveils plans for Geauga Lake amusement park site, including new Menards, homes, restaurants

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Solon developer bought 377 acres of property in Geauga and Portage counties that was once home to the Geauga Lake amusement park and Sea World, planning to transform the land by building homes, restaurant and retail space.


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Industrial Commercial Properties bought the property — in Bainbridge Township and Aurora — from Cedar Fair for an undisclosed amount. While the sale’s closing happened on Friday, the negotiations and planning to find a suitable use for the land has been years in the making.

While the developer plans to build out the area, it will acknowledge what once sat on the site: a theme park that many Northeast Ohioans visited and fondly remember. Geauga Lake closed in 2007 after operating for more than a century. The area will be dubbed “The Geauga Lake District” and will include markers that signify its history, including a roller coaster

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Industrial Commercial Properties Buys Former Geauga Lake and Sea World Property

CLEVELAND, OH—Industrial Commercial Properties LLC has acquired the 377 acre property that was the former home of Geauga Lake Amusement Park and Sea World Ohio. The property is located in Bainbridge Township, Ohio and the City of Aurora, OH.

The property will be rebranded as The Geauga Lake District, with elements of design that will pay homage to the history of the site and the former amusement park, which operated from 1887-2007.

The Geauga Lake District promises to be a master planned development that will include retail, restaurants, residential and other commercial uses.

According to a prepared release, a cohesive and curated design will showcase uniform lighting, landscaping, public improvements and streetscape, including the construction of a new Geauga Lake Boulevard, which will connect State Route 43 to Depot Road and will feature a roller coaster design feature in the median.

“We are reigniting this iconic landmark,” said Chris Semarjian,

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