This is great news. I remember the rumor that's been around for awhile that the park would expand around the arrival of the Mon-Fayette Expressway. Now that the Expressway project has moved closer to actual construction, so can Kennywood.
Also, a parking garage would require a parking tax to be paid by the park. I'm not sure if they want to do that.
With that said, it would be nice if they could use some of this new land for parking and expand the park across KW Blvd.
What land exactly is this? While they mention the houses behind exterminator, it dosent sound like thats what it is...is it land on the opposite end, or is it something closer to the river? Regardless, this is very good news for sure.
Yeah Sandcastle is Kennywood owned. I think this expansion will be much like the Lost Kennywood expansion of 1995. If I know Kennywood, it will have a theme, great scenery, great rides, and maybe we'll get a surprise with a new coaster. Who knows!
Both papers say basically the same thing: -"Blue sky expansion" to be announced today -They bought the shopping plaza that used to house a Kmart and sits across Hoffman Blvd, adjacent to the current first level parking lot. This in addition to 23 acres of brownfield lots and the houses behind Lost Kennywood. -Expansion would include parking, rides, maybe a hotel.
Well some details leaked about some of the announcement. The Kmart was purchased by KW and some of the lower bluff as well as some houses behind exterminator. The other 25 acre purchase is not mentioned.
What I can actually see happening is the lower Parking lot area becoming a part of the park with a additional tunnel near Lost Kennywood
Just popping in to blow the "seven-to-nine" inches of dust off my account...
The article refers to "23 brownfield acres" in addition to the shopping center acquision. It seems to make sense that the Duquesne Works, which abuts Kennywood on the southeastern side (behind the Racer and Log Jammer), would fit the bill for future expansion. It's just interesting that the RIDC which owns the Duquesne Works, wasn't "aware" of any plans to sell, let alone be approached by Kennywood. Of course, this all could have been done in secrecy.
In looking at other possibilities, we already know they own land (and houses) behind the Exterminator, so expansion could happen there. I wouldn't think that they would acquire land down to the river because those are some awfully steep hills down several to active railroad tracks. But you never know with their history of clever useage of rugged terrain.