Kennywood Park to Retire the Log Jammer
After 42 years, the ride will close for good on Sunday.
photos by Jayson Cassidy
Change is sometimes difficult to accept.
Officials at Kennywood Park admitted as much in announcing the retirement of the Log Jammer when the summer season officially ends Sunday.
“It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests,” Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas says in a statement. “While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests’ experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites."
The Log Jammer, with its 53-foot drop chute, debuted at Kennywood in 1975. It was the park’s first million-dollar attraction.
Prior to 1975, the site of the Log Jammer was home to other attractions including the Kangaroo, Loop-O-Plane, Bayern Kurve, a Ferris Wheel, and –– from 1930 until 1974 –– a pony track.