Surrounded by tall pines on steep hillsides, Healey's pond resembled a small lake in a mountain valley. While it lacked a ferris wheel, carousel, or midway, the park featured a sand beach, highrise and corkscrew slides, a whirligig swing, high dive, and rental boats. It did not offer overnight accomodations, but rather provided daytrippers a spot for class outings, company picnics and family parties.
Healey's got off to a rough start when the refreshment stand burned during its first season. But the park survived Prohibition, the depression, and a world war by periodically reinventing itself. Healey's centerpiece was "the pavilion", a bungalow-style building on a pine-shrouded bluff overlooking the southbound lane of the Amsterdam-Broadalbin Road. According to Sylvia Zierak's Perth, Memories and Reflections, the pavilion was originally a dance hall where bands played to a packed house. In those days Healey's early-rising rustic neighbors were frequently enraged to find overflow parkers on their lawns. The guests at the Bible Miracle Camp across the road were probably not much happier when Healey's opened a dance hall bar after repeal.
The pavilion finally became a roller rink to cash in on the skating craze that just preceeded World War II. But postwar prosperity was what the Park couldn't endure. Healey's closed in the late 1940s, an ironic casuality of the growing popularity of long-distance automobile travel and the weeklong vacation.