Cliffside Park, New Jersey: Palisades Amusement Park Site

Plaque on a rock marks the site of the old Palisades Amusement Park, which closed in 1971.

Address:
Winston Drive, Cliffside Park, NJ
Directions:
Plaque on a rock in the triangle-shaped median at the intersection of Winston Drive and Palisade Ave.
Admission:
Free
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Erik forces a smile at the Palisades Amusement Park plaque.

Palisades Amusement Park Site

This is the site of the old Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside Park. This great theme park housed a garish collection of rides such as Atomic Boats, Batman slide, a giant roller coaster and many more. The park closed in 1971.

[Erik Lander, 08/24/2007]

When a beloved aging amusement park succumbs to lost business or development, it would seem that the memorial could be something more than a plaque bolted to a rock. But most don't even get that!

Palisades Amusement Park ticket booth

On Palisade Ave., the main drag along the top of the cliffs in these parts, is a huge residential high-rise complex at the Cliffside Park-Fort Lee border (called Winston Towers, I believe) on the site of the former Palisades Amusement Park, which closed in 1971. Two blocks south of here, Grant Ave. runs from Palisade to the cliff edge. At that end of the street stands an ostensibly abandoned house on the left, in whose yard resides a decaying Palisades Amusement Park ticket booth. I happened to be reading up on the park that afternoon, so I recognized the name "Giant Coaster" barely legible on one side. It's shabby and overgrown, but still colorfully painted. The upper-middle-class neighborhood must be having a fit over the whole property, though, so don't expect this to last.

[Pete from Boston (and NJ), 02/24/2001]

Pete reported the toll booth is gone in December 2001.

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