Ohio park that drew country stars to be auctioned


SALEM, Ohio (AP) -- The site of a park that once drew country-music stars such as Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to the Youngstown area is headed for the auction block.

The Vindicator newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/GBDSVZ) a sheriff's sale next week seeks to recover about $534,000 in unpaid real estate taxes, interest and penalties on about 114 acres of the former Ponderosa Park outside Salem.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the park's 3,800-seat pavilion had summer concert lineups that included Nelson, Cash, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill and Waylon Jennings.

Areas for sale include the dilapidated pavilion and a saloon and a guitar-shaped swimming pool.

The park owned by California-based Ponderosa Park Resort Inc. closed in 2010, when a caretaker said costs of state-directed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant were prohibitive.


Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com