A nineteen year-old man who is campaigning to see the American Adventure theme park re-opened has collected 6,682 signatures supporting his fight.
Declan Salmon has been collecting the signatures for a year now and hopes to reach the 10,000 mark before presenting the document to Amber Valley Borough Council.
But the plans approved for 300 homes on the site mean it could be as soon as 2018 that the old amusement park is replaced with the Shipley Lakeside development.
Declan said: “I was not expecting to get this many signatures to be honest.
“I have had a lot of supportive feedback from people saying they want their kids to experience the place as they did.
“I just loved everything about the place and I really want some investors to come forward because so many people want it back it’s unreal.
“Derbyshire really needs something like this.”
The American Adventure - at one time briefly known as American Adventure World - was opened in June 1987. The park for many years had a number of large white-knuckle attractions, but in 2005 was re-themed as a family park aimed at the under-14 market.
In January 2007 the owners announced that it would not reopen for the new season, and the rides would be sold off, after 19 years of operating.
Little remains now at the derelict site in Shipley. Some rides are in use at other theme parks, while others have been demolished.
Declan added: “I am always hopeful because the development plans were approved in 2015 and they haven’t done anything with it yet. “
To sign the petition, visit: www.change.org/p/derbyshire-county-council-rebuild-and-reopen-the-american-adventure-theme-park.