As much as I'd like to see a new woodie at Bells I really wish the park had the money to move to a new location. There are some nice rolling hills on the outskirts of Tulsa that would make for a beautiful new park. In it's current location the park is landlocked and has NIMBY neighbors.
It'd be nice to see them get some work... why Denise and S&S seem to be getting all of the projects out there is beyond me.
mOOSH, I agree that it'd be nice if the park decided to move to a location more condusive to an amusement park, but I can't help but think that a move would spell the end for Zingo. Maybe I'm wrong about the park's owners, but I could imagine the Zingo getting demolished and a new wooden coaster being built at a new location.
Let the good times roll, indeed. Thanks Zingo for the info. I had to wipe my eyes and pinch myself to make sure I wasn't hallucinating or still asleep when I read this thread's title. I can't wait for details to unfold...
Seems to me that at one time the park was looking at moving and renaming to something like 'Bell's Boomtown'. Down side to relocation is losing the state fair business. Glad things are starting to go the park's way.
The reason GCII & S&S are getting the projects is simple- turn-key. They can both offer a complete package while, as I understand it, GG offers a design, then the park has to shop around for a contractor.
Many many years ago, Bell's proposed moving to a new location over near Broken Arrow somewhere. At that time, the indications were that they would not take ZINGO with them. I don't remember what happened, but they obviously ended up not moving.
While I think it would be great if Bell's could move to a Knoebels-like setting or an Arnold's Park-type setting, with lots of room for expansion, it's also nice to have Bell's remain an in-town park. What the fairgrounds should do is buy out all the NIMBY neighbors, expand and improve the fairgrounds, making it a well-rounded entertainment center -- including an expanded Bell's.
well at least they are making progress. The park really does need a new coaster. I think the biggest thing holding back the park are those blasted NIMBY neighbors, like Moosh stated. I know several of us would be thrilled to have a park like Bell's in our backyards.
Maybe if they ever start construction, I can take the pictures and send them to you for your web site. I have a camera, but don't know a thing about web sites.
Last I talked with Robby Bell, he didn't know exactly what they were going to do if they get approval. They might not build a wooden coaster after all - he mentioned a spinning coaster. But he has also said they already had the plans for the CCI coaster - so who knows.
I'm suppose to give him a call to try to set up a physics day partnership with Bell's and OSPE - maybe he will shed some more light on their plans then.