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Sherman’s of the future could rival the Sherman’s of the past

For those in their 50s, 60s, and beyond, Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga wasn’t just an entertainment hot spot for surrounding communities, it was much more than that. Peoples’ strong memories and emotional ties of Sherman’s have become a part of their identity and sense of hometown Caroga pride. Sherman’s is a part of them.

There wasn’t anything quite like the park and people always have a childlike grin on their face when talking about it. “Sherman’s will never be what it used to be,” they say with conviction; a homage to Caroga’s indisputable heyday. Fast forward a few decades.

For those of us in our 30s and younger, Shermans’s wasn’t a place to be proud of. It was run down, rusty and rotting; disregarded. Shattered windows, peeling paint, crooked walls and a caving roof was the legacy passed down to us. Younger generations do not want Sherman’s to be what it used to be, because to them “used to be” is damaged, forgotten, and neglected.

From the perspective of a 35 year old, Sherman’s is undoubtably better now than what it used to be because of the efforts made by the Caroga Arts Collective. The property is bouncing back and taking on a new life. Hopefully with a little time and encouragement, the Sherman’s of the future will rival the Sherman’s of the past.

With the upcoming referendum in November, our memories of Sherman’s will be fresh in our minds; those memories will be different for every generation. And while everyone understandably has an opinion for the best use of the property, the ultimate direction requires us to resign from our memorial claims and encourage progress.

For the older generations, I think it’s important to remember that Sherman’s will never be what it used to be, if you don’t let it.

ERIC MANNING

Caroga