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by WhiteUrkel
(Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 05.489'   W 078° 54.011'
Niagara Falls,   New York   14304
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 19 Sept 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N0106D
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps half gps (easy)

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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The Cache is located on the grounds of the abandoned Oppenheim Zoo (closed in 1988) inside Oppenheim County Park, part of the Niagara County Parks System. A short description of the park:

Oppenheim County Park & Zoo is 75.0 acre county owned developed for multiple use park in the Town of Wheatfield in Niagara County .

Oppenheim Park, located off Niagara Falls Boulevard, is an open space park featuring a man-made pond for fishing and relaxing. Its long entrance, leads to a quiet, spacious park including volleyball nets, a playground, a wading pool and numerous picnic tables for visitors planning on spending the day or a few hours.

The Oppenheim Zoo society still claims they are going to re-open the zoo, on a small billboard on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and on this website, which has an interesting history of the zoo: Oppenheim Zoological Society

Park on the grass by the pond near the park entrance (you can't miss it, see the photo).

The cache is a small (1.2 quart) Rubbermaid container, and it's contents are mostly a zoo theme, Rubber Snakes, bugs, and horses, and several dollar store items. If intending to trade, think small.

Terrain rated 1.5 only for heavy weed growth in the summer. The cache is well protected, and should be winter accessable.

Originally a super easy cache that some people have admitted driving right up to (don't do it, park at the Pond), so I upped the difficulty by removing the hint.


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I found it! 10 Aug 2007 by  HuckleBuckle  (Finds: 77  Score: 273.5)    (Hidden: 67  Score: 223.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Well Mr.Urkel... after striking out at your first two caches earlier in the day, I had to stop by on finally find this one! I've passed by here many times and have always said "Someday I'll find Urk's cache there!" I'm glad I was able to find it, but with the standard HB twist. Just as I found the cache I noticed a muggle sitting on a golf-cart about 25 feet away. I didn't know if he saw me or not, so I non-chalantly swung out the phone and grabbed the cache and did the ole "cellphone trick" and also walked with the cache back to the car. Eventually, I saw the muggle in the golfcart drive away and I proceeded back to return the cache. After further inspection, I figured he must have been a park groundskeeper because there is a really old garage about 50 feet from the cache. Thanks Urkel for this great cache - and your very first!


I found it! 04 Nov 2006 by  FerrisFamilyof5  (Finds: 4  Score: 19)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 13)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This was our second of the day and second ever...boys are having fun...this was easier than the first one. my 6 yr old led the way.
pretty full TNLN


[Modified 2007-06-14 12:51:55]

I found it! 11 Jun 2006 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

If you read the last few days of my cache logs you may not believe it...but I truly mean it when I say it's nice to be back in New York and caching again. And what better way to return to WNY then by doing an Urkel cache! (And yes I mean that too....hehe. )

Chicky and I were at the Air Force base attending a going away party for Chicky's mom (who will be moving to Arizona...and yes I've already scoped out the availability of caches there...hehe). On our way back we decided to hit up some of the local caches and started with Oppenheim. This is such a nice little park! It was hopping today but luckily for us the two caches within the park are far enough secluded that we didn't have much to worry about as far as muggles go.

When we found this cache we also met the local mosquito population (but I SWEAR that anything NY can conjure up is weak compared to them big ugly Alaskan monsters! Yipes!!!) Funny story, in Alaska they call skeeter spray, bug dope...and if it isn't 40+% deet...you're a dead man. Haha. You practically have to shower in the stuff...

So after quickly signing the log we were off on our way to enjoy more wonderful NY caches.

Thanks Urk for the fun!!!


I found it! 24 Sept 2005 by  gof1  (Finds: 34  Score: 122.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 7)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Nice quick find while on a full days hunt.
Took koosh ball.
Left play doh.
Thanks for the fun.

Note 16 Aug 2005 by  WhiteUrkel  (Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Cache is missing, should be back up by 21 August.

I found it! 28 Jun 2005 by  Exit Mundi  (Finds: 26  Score: 97)    (Hidden: 4  Score: 17)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Thanks for bringing us to this park. TFTC

I found it! 24 Apr 2005 by  Rayman77  (Finds: 104  Score: 393.5)    (Hidden: 10  Score: 32.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Nice and easy find on a cold dreary day. So this used to be the zoo here? I'm probably too young to have gone there while it was still around. TNLNSL.

I found it! 23 Apr 2005 by  Cayuga Crew  (Finds: 79  Score: 296.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 8)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

We utilized the 4wd to park nearby on the old zoo roads on this rainy Saturday afternoon. Exchange an magnifying glass and dice for an antenna topper.

I found it! 27 Mar 2005 by  rolo  (Finds: 6  Score: 23)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Happy Easter... First find of the day. Will comtinue down the bunny trail. I remember comming here as a kid. Ahhh the memories.

I found it! 30 Oct 2004 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Hmm, Forgot to log this one before.
Great hide Urkel! Gotta come back when I have more time to explore

I found it! 11 Oct 2004 by  Mr_Z  (Finds: 85  Score: 308.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Nice easy find. TN/LN/SL.

[Modified 2005-02-20 16:15:20]

I found it! 30 Jun 2004 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Looked around a bit before finding it. Interesting area!

I found it! 08 Apr 2004 by  strikeforce_sunset  (Finds: 45  Score: 177)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 23)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

05/12/04 - Posted
Holy Great White Urkel's, ;) I can claim FTL (First To Log):).
I know it's been found many times, before we found it :(.
Glad to see your caches posted on this side as well.
Found on 04/08/04
Teamed up with **floorestius** today, for some, long awaited, caching along the Niagara River. We picked a nice day, the sun was shining and the wind was down. This was our 6th of 7 today. It was a slight detour from the river. Cache is in good shape, and over stuffed. I needed to take large items out, to close cover. Signed log. Thanks for the hide. Strikeforce1 **out-and-about**.

[Modified 2004-05-12 23:18:48]

I found it! 24 Sept 2003 by  mrsmom  (Finds: 128  Score: 491.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this with MrMom and the Goo. I remember this place well. I came here often as a kid. Thanks for the cache.


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