WATCH: Drone footage over American Adventure site as petition is launched

Thousands of people have signed an online petition to '˜rebuild and reopen the American Adventure theme park in a different location'.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 12:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 12:26 pm
8th January, American adventure closing.

The theme park, which was based in Ilkeston, closed in 2006 following financial struggles. The land has been earmarked for 300 new homes.

More than 2,000 people have signed the petition so far which was started by Declan Salmon who used to go the theme park as a child.

He said: “Sign this petition and let’s see if we can get the American Adventure back open for business in a different location with brand new attractions and coasters.

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“Once we get 10,000 signatures I’ll send it to Derbyshire County Council. The sooner people sign, the better chance we have of getting the American Adventure back.

“If the American Adventure does reopen somewhere else in the future, it will attract so many visitors and it will be a huge boost to the community and for the UK not just Derbyshire.”

He suggested that new attractions could be built as well as new roller coasters, food outlets, gift shops and pubs.

Little remains at the site of the former theme park in Shipley. Some of the rides are in use at other theme parks and everything else has been demolished.

At its peak the park attracted thousands of people every day and used to host events such as the Fast Forward magazine fun day.

To sign the petition log on to and type in American Adventure.