Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 4:48 AM | Contributed by feldspar
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz disclosed that the New York City Economic Development Corp. is about to begin a $5 million restoration of the 262-foot tower, once part of Steeplechase Park. The Parachute Jump featured a 250-foot drop in a seat for two. Modeled after Army training equipment and built for the 1939 World's Fair, the tower was closed in 1968 amid safety concerns.
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I would love to see this running again. Amazing how long it's been sitting idle.
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That's great news. I wonder thought what the capacity would be like? It seems pretty slow because the riders float down and it probably takes a minute or so?
I also hope that they clean up the park a little and restore it how it used to be. Maybe this is the first step to bringing the old Coney Island back!
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I remember hearing that the tower would never be operational again. I guess with enough money, anything is possible! So much of the old coney has been taken away that it is nice to see something brought back.
Parachute towers are a lot more fun than they look. :)
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Has there been any recorded deaths on it? If not, why was it closed in the first place.
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Here's some pics and info. on the Parachute Jump:
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Old steel structures like that cost a fortune to maintain since they have so many small pieces of steel to prepare and paint every few years. I have to wonder if $5,000,000 is enough to restore it to operation. I hope so though since I would love to see it operate.
Capacity is important in 2 respects. First, it keeps you from having to waint all day. Ride enthusiasts spend an awful ot of their lives in line as is. Second, capacity is important to generate enough revenue to maintain the ride and keep it in operation. Without that it will join the scrap pile eventually.
Wow, this is very suprising news. I'd like to add that the entire structure was repaired and repainted for the opening of the stadium so my guess is they are already half-way there.
I'm mad that they scrapped the first modern day parachute drop at Knott's...
KRaXLeRidAh, are you sure that Knott's had the first. I was always under the impression that they brought up the rear on that one with both SFoT and SFGAdv having theirs first. I could be wrong though, but would like to know for sure.
And yeah...I'm still upset that Knott's closed their parachutes too. AND the Birdcage, AND the Haunted Shack, not to mention the missions, and the little volcano devil guy! (sigh) Too much has been lost there.
But GREAT news about Coney. Now if they just would restore the entire area they'd be all set...at least for awhile. Why do these beachside things always seem to decline over time? Except for Santa Cruz it seems like it's always a problem to keep them nice.
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