Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 8:52 PM | Contributed by CP_JCS
Another roadblock in Waldameer's quest to build their first wooden roller coaster since the 1950s has been removed by an Erie County judge. The judge says that the zoning regulations to build the Ravine Flyer II are proper despite the objections of a neighboring campground.
Read more from The Post-Gazette.
Would it fit their budget to make a smaller steel coaster somewhere?
I'll be heading up to Waldammer probably twice this summer, and this will be our first visit there.
*** This post was edited by midwave 3/23/2005 1:36:43 AM ***
If Waldameer's RF2 turns out half as good as the reviews on Rattler, they'll have a WINNER on their hands.
And personally, I *love* the name, it shows a lot of respect for the history of their park! :)
You would think that they have wasted enough money so far on legal fees, but wasting more on an appeal that is almost gauranteed to lose is beyond me.
*** This post was edited by Rctycoon2k 3/23/2005 11:59:37 AM ***
Hopefully the next appeal can be viewed and turned down by fall. Nelsons hopes of installing and opening for the 2006 season are quickly dwindling, but at least it's good to know that the coaster will, eventually, come.
New ride or not, I can't wait for another season at my hometown park this year!
One other bit of interesting info, he said that the far turn that will be built on the other side of the highway will have to be lowered in height from 70 feet to 40 feet as to not block the view of the new Tom Ridge Presque Isle State Park Visitor Center. Since the state has been backing the coaster project all along, Waldameer management felt that this was a small sacrifice to make to get the coaster built. Besides, he felt that it could make for one exciting turn!
Two other interesting points made by Steve Gorman.
- The section of the coaster that crosses the highway cannot be legally called a 'roller coaster'. It has to be called a 'bridge' and has to be made longer than planned in case the state ever wanted to widen the road. The plans for the 'bridge' had to meet PennDOT's approval before construction could begin, which Waldameer will comply with when construction begins. Of course, this bridge will be used to transport a roller coaster train!
- The hillside that the park sits on where they want to build the coaster is "not a bluff!" per Steve Gorman. Legally, nothing can be built on top of or down the side of a 'bluff' from a federal law which prohibits this to prevent erosion and landslides. A 'bluff' is a hillside or cliffside that sits directly above a body of water and literally touches it. Since Waldameer's hillside is 500 feet from Lake Erie, it was deterimined by the EPA as NOT being a bluff, therefore, not regulated for construction. Steve prefers to call it a 'slope', for legal reasons!
It was an elightening and extremely entertaining presentation that evening, to say the least!
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