once upon a time, my work decided to give us off on friday and let us bring our families to kennywood. and then they called it good…which it most obviously was! truth be told, i haven’t been to kennywood since high school and was eager to return to the
dumpy charming little park.
if you’ve seen the movie ‘adventureland,’ you will see glimpses of the park. it’s a pretty accurate representation of summer work and it highlights the parties that happen after hours which…considering my ‘sources’ turned out to be pretty true after all!
kennywood was the place where all the schools surrounding pittsburgh had their summer picnics…where relationships were made or broken! above all the hype was the lure of the elusive kennywood ‘outfit.’ i mean girls spent the whole month planning what they would wear on picnic day! serious business! also, it’s well known in this town that if your zipper on your jeans is undone, it’s courteous to say ‘HEY! kennywood’s open!‘ the offender aka victim sheepishly retreats to correct their wardrobe malfunction.
to be honest, not much has changed! however, the park seemed much smaller to me now than it did back then. there are a few more thrill rides and a new coaster called ‘sky rocket’ which was pretty fun! what i love most about the park is the retro americana vibe that filters through the funscape. i’ve never seen another park in the states quiet like it! the park has rides that date back to the early 1900s!