Posted Monday, March 13, 2006 9:08 AM | Contributed by Neil
$60 million expansion includes a hotel, an indoor water park, 8.5 acres of new rides and a "signature" attraction.
Read more from The Post-Gazette.
Are the railyards the ones down by the river or are they talking about what looks to be an abandoned rail yard at the bottom of the Jackrabbit ravine?
I hope this isn't the case, but this being PA we could be waiting a while.
Some people believe that KW is going to have a hard time compeating with GL, but I'm not so sure. The new road wil help a lot. Whatever KW builds as a signature attraction will be icing, imho.
If it's an odd year, Philadelphia/SEPTA gets most of the transportation money. If it's an even year, Pittsburgh/yet another expressway gets most of the transportation money.
Every five years, they rip up whatever pavement they put down within the past five years along Route 22 between Monroeville and Altoona and rebuild it. Every leap year evenly divisble by 15, they'll do a feasbility study and draw up some plans in pretty colored pencil for a few other projects somewhere else in the state.
You're in luck, it's an even year, and Rendell needs to beat Swann out west.
Actually, it would be nice to see the park continue to expand, and see some brownfields put to good use.
As everyone knows, IoC will pay for a new arean, no tax dollars needed. Harrahs is spending one penny for a new arena. Harrahs will get the casino, and then Rendell will be under investigation, and may even get a visit from a few union bosses.
Second, Lynn Swann hold FOUR Super Bowl rings, he was an MVP of Super Bowl X, and the Steelers are current World Champions. The eastern side of the state....losers.
Swann needs a crash course in state government and public administration. Unfortunately, he's already misspoken a few times about what a governor or the legislature actually can or cannot do. And he may need a running mate from the part of the state you apparently don't like.
Forgive me for revisiting an old thread but, since we were discussing Kennywood in the other thread and the lack of a new woodie in decades, I thought it might be valid to look at this again.
Whatever happened with this proposed expansion? Did the deal for this property go through?
The reason I ask is, if you go to the Allegheny County website, the land in question is still listed as being owned by the railroad that KW supposedly bought it from.
While the website sometimes lags behind, it's not typically 6 years behind.
I had heard rumors a few years back that KW would only do the expansion of the expressway went through (which, of course, it didn't).
Any news from those who work there?
I remember reading that the expansion plans were only going to come about if the expressway went through as well. It was implied that the expressway would bring more business to the park.
I kind of don't get that either. If people want to go to Kennywood, I don't see the kind of road keeping anyone from going. No one says, "I'm not going to Kennywood anymore because the road to get there is only one lane each way with stoplights".
I read this and was super excited. And then I read the date. *Shrugs* Oh well.
Favorite Woodies: Outlaw Run & Voyage Favorite Steel: Maverick & Diamondback Favorite Parks: Silver Dollar City & Busch Gardens Williamsburg
If the street cars were still running they wouldnt have to worry about a new road. :)
I have to admit,if your arent from the Pittsburgh area it is hard to find.
And if you are from Pittsburgh its a pain in the butt to get to.Last edited by Ex_Westview and KW_worker, Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:49 PM
My applogies for getting anybody's hopes up with the revived thread, lol.
I can sort of see where both Krause and Ex are coming from on this. When I mentioned in the other thread that, leaving from about 10 miles north of Pittsburgh I can get to Waldameer and ride the RFII in less time than it takes to get to KW and ride the Exterminator, a good part of that has to do with the fact that there's no quick way to get there.
From any place north of, say, Sewickley, you're looking at a good hour to get there with parkway traffic and winding through Swissvale.
Would I let that stop me from expanding? Not sure. Depends on whether or not I thought doing so would bring in a lot of business from outside the region. I'm not sure that Kennywood has been a "destination park" for quite some time. I doubt Sky Rocket was enough to bring in a whole lot of people other than the most die-hard coaster enthusiasts wanting to carve another notch on their belts.
So, to do any major expansion one would have to believe that it would dramatically increase business. I can see why they might think that a new expressway would be a necessary part of that.
At any rate, I was just curious as to whether or not the deal to buy the land ever actually went through. Like I said, the railroad company is still listed as owning the property. So, I thought it might have fallen though.
Maybe it was never completed before KW was bought out?
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