Other Herschell rides were added over the years at the park including a helicopter and the Monster steel roller coaster. Quassy's Monster coaster is one of only a handful still in existence.
The park continued to develop during the post-war era, as it was easily accessible to the driving public. But as trends continued to change, so did Quassy. Dancing and roller skating fell out of favor, and by 1964, the huge dance hall and roller rink had been transformed into an indoor miniature golf course. In 1969, the golf was replaced by indoor electric bumper cars. The large structure underwent its last major transition in 1972, when the park moved its arcade into the building. Today, there are dozens of redemption and video games in the arcade, including popular Skee Ball alleys.
The park also has a variety of other family rides such as the Tilt-A-Whirl, Saturn Six, Music Fest, Paratrooper and bumper cars. There are more than two dozen rides and attractions currently in the park, which is owned and operated by a third generation of the Frantzis family. Guests still come to enjoy Quassy Beach and the relaxation offered at this historic, traditional park. Quassy has indeed survived the test of time.
~ Ron Gustafson, author/historian, email@example.com
Middlebury Library (Helen Benson scrapbooks)
Middlebury Historical Society
Bob Goldsack, amusement parks historian
National Amusement Park Historical Association, Jim Futrell, historian
Following is a list of the 11 remaining "trolley parks" still operating in the United States, as compiled by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The date next to the park name is the year the facility opened.
Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, Connecticut (1908)
Canobie Lake Park, Salem, New Hampshire (1902)
Midway Park, Maple Springs, New York (1898)
Sea Breeze Park, Rochester, New York (1879)
Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon (1905)
Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1884)
Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania (1894)
Bushkill Park, Easton, Pennsylvania (1903)
Waldameer Park, Erie, Pennsylvania (1896)
Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (1898)
Camden Park, Huntington, West Virginia (1902)