This is an example of what you- as an individual person- can do to help save a classic wooden coaster (for all of you that argued that there is NOTHING you can do to prevent things like this from happening.) Its a little thing that only take a few short minutes to do, but if enough people spend a few short minutes doing the same thing, then all of a sudden, you have become part of a group of people that is doing something.
For me the #1 reason I go to Vancouver is the PNE/Playland and Coaster.
For what it is worth I voted on options three and four on the questionaire. *** Edited 4/28/2004 6:25:28 PM UTC by Ronald S. Anderson***
Personally I want to see the coaster stay(I'd like to ride it someday).
But even from a purely non enthusest standing I honestly believe that #3 or #4 is the best option. Even though it means the most capital expendures.
*** Edited 4/28/2004 6:45:08 PM UTC by Mamoosh***
Remove that coaster and I guess the closest thing we'd have to a classic would be Mindbender at West Edmonton Mall.
It's not like PCW or La Ronde are going to be producing any rides of Rollercoaster's stature. Although granted I know alot more about PCW then I do about La Ronde.
Ronald S. Anderson said:
This is our opportunity to help save the PNE/Playland and IMO the best coaster in the Pacific Northwest.
See I disagree totally. I think it's ridiculous and selfish to go vote unless you're a resident of the area. To try to sway the local governement's decisions based on the opportunity to ride a coaster without considering how the people who actually live, work and play there everyday of their lives (and while you may rationalize that you are indeed considering all of those, the bottom line is you want a little coaster in Canada to stay in operation) is absurd at best and obscene at worst.
This is exactly the kind of meddling for personal goals that I think sucks. I skimmed the page, so admittedly I'm not familiar with the entire situation, but even if I was, I'm not directly affected by any decision they make (and sorry, 'can't ride a coaster' is not being directly affected).
Then to type a quick "option three or four saves the coaster - hint hint" style comment hoping for people to just open the page, vote and close it up is just irresponsible.
Would it be nice to have the opportunity in the future to catch a ride on the Coaster? Sure. Without a doubt!
Is it in my place as a resident of an entirely different country to throw my two cents in and possibly sway the outcome of a decision directly affecting the future of the local economy, traffic and recreation options? Not by a long shot.
I think some perspective is needed here. It's a friggin' roller coaster! Just because you happen to like roller coasters doesn't mean you should screw with public descisions like this.
Ronald S. Anderson said:
I think that as coaster enthusiasts we still should give the city of Vancouver our input as as tourists of the city we spend our money on not just the PNE but also area hotels ,restaurants,shops,ect. It is not just residents of Vancouver who visit the PNE.
Seriously, how many people who been encouraged to vote in this thread will EVER go to Vancouver to ride this coaster? Of those, how many will go more than once...maybe twice in their life. Sure residents of the Northwest US...maybe....MAYBE...should have an ounce of say if they're regular visitors but I honestly feel that their not residents and they need to stay out of it.
The whole idea of this thread, trying to sway another communtity's decisions, "saving" this coaster...
...it all just feels wrong. :(
However, I've also posted this at some Canadian forums that I frequent. There's a fair amount of Vancouver residets on these boards. And so far everyone has agreed with everyone here.
Even those that might not be coaster enthusiasts have said that it would be a shame to lose PNE, and Playland. Tourism has been taking enough of a hit in the area as it is.
I don't think they are going to make a decision based only on this survey.
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