Developers want to build new park on Long Island

Posted Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:57 AM | Contributed by Chernabog

Calverton, NY officials told Newsday yesterday that an investor group wants to buy about 130 acres in Calverton from Riverhead Town to develop an amusement park, and build a resort hotel and convention center with up to 200 rooms, on the northwest corner fronting Route 25. The as-yet-unnamed park would have more than 30 rides and attractions with themes drawn from national and Long Island points of interest like the Montauk Lighthouse, says Linda Albo of Albo Agency in Rocky Point and Wading River, the broker representing the investors. She said the park would include go-carts and some water rides like a log flume.

Read more from Newsday.

Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:50 AM
Good luck with the neighborhood! I'm sure they moved out there for a bit of peace and quiet!

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:53 AM
The run around we see with this proposal is getting to be a bit humorous and it happens *every single time*.

The locals won't grant permission for the development of a season park without a hotel because it means that visitors will only spend the day out at the park, contained within its gates, and do nothing for the local economy at all. The only result for the rest of the businesses in the area would be increased car traffic, but very little increased spending.

So, invariably, every proposal tosses in some oversized hotel to allay those fears and encourage people to visit the park and then take an extra day to see whatever else the area has to offer (which isn't much.) Then, of course, someone complains that without the park, the hotel wouldn't be terribly full. Well, duh.

I'm waiting for the day the people in Riverhead realize that they're not a tourist destination and they need to start somewhere if they want to be. I really don't understand what consulting firm would find that a hotel there is a good idea, though. So few seasonal parks operate their own hotels, with only Cedar Point, Darien Lake, and Worlds of Adventure coming to mind.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:12 AM
oh great, just what we need, more traffic. I heard that there was some contact with Six Flags about this but my source could be wrong. Six Flags Long Island sounds nice. Then again.. another SF..great.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:16 AM
a hotel could make sense. Splish Splash is also located in riverhead, it is one of the largest water parks. A while back it was up in the top 10 up there with blizzard beach. Im sure some people would stay over night and do a 2 day thing with the park and the water park, but a convention center seems kinda pointless. Ive been to the town, its kinda weak. the only other thing they have is a outlet mall.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:34 AM
Given the proposed size, I think a hotel may be overambitious. For a small park just starting out its going to be hard to rent rooms. Most of the people going are going to be locals (What tourist is going to want to brave the LIE?). Besides during the summer, a family would probably do better off staying in the hamptons by the beach even if they were going to visit the park. Riverhead has little to do (although has anyone been to the new aquarium out there?) We’ll see what happens, but these perpetual plans have a way of dying a quick and silent death.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:21 AM
Chernabog-

Good points you make. And not to stray too far off the topic, can we add Knoebels to that list of seasonals with on site lodging, what with the cottages and campsites.....?

Does anyone know if this is the same site that Trump wanted to build a NASCAR track, or just the same vicinity of Long Island??

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:21 AM
They could always host the world's largest ball of twine. ;)

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:21 PM
"Good points you make. And not to stray too far off the topic, can we add Knoebels to that list of seasonals with on site lodging, what with the cottages and campsites.....?

Does anyone know if this is the same site that Trump wanted to build a NASCAR track, or just the same vicinity of Long Island??"

I omitted Knoebel's because I was unaware they had cottages in addition to campsites. One wouldn't expect many campsites to be full in the winter as they might a hotel.

The land available out East is a monstrous plot. So, while I don't know if previous proposals were made for the exact area of land as this, they're all on the same 'property'. . . or, former property, as the case may be.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:59 PM
Ride It, where in the article did it say anything about Six Flags being involved in the project? Don't jump to conclusions before you read the article. That is today's lesson kids. And remember for the last time, Six Flags Inc. doesn't build new parks, they merely rebrand other exisiting parks.
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*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 6/19/2003 5:00:41 PM ***
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:15 PM
like i said Intamin Fan, my source could be wrong. i didnt see the article till a little while ago, i heard it through people who told me about it.

This is todays second lesson, read what is posted before making any attemp at a wise cracking remark.*** This post was edited by Ride It 6/23/2003 3:32:09 PM ***

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