Eric Anderson Quassy Amusement Park
The water park really saved Quassy. . . The excitement for the Bullet Bowl and the other slides that we have is tremendous.
Historic Family Park Slides Into Its 110th Year
Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut was approaching its centennial as a destination park for families when the owners realized they needed to future-proof their attractions. Facing an increasingly competitive market that was negatively affecting attendance, Quassy management decided to take the plunge with a water park.
Fifteen years later, they’re still expanding and more successful than ever. They’re now heading into their 110th year with three brand new ProSlide® raft rides.
Quassy began as a trolley park, situated at the end of trolley lines owned by electric companies. Parks like Quassy were destinations for the public and gave a reason to run the trolleys on weekends. The initial attractions were only a dance hall, the lakeshore, and a carousel. Soon enough came paddle boats, roller skating, clam bakes and more. By the late 1970s, the park was adding new rides nearly every year.
Eric Anderson, now the park’s president, remembers sneaking into Quassy as a child to play skeeball. “I got caught, and they made me work to pay off my sins,” he remembers. “I never left after that. I’ve been here ever since.”