Posted Monday, July 19, 2004 9:40 AM | Contributed by AJF
Campground owner Brian Candela appealed the Millcreek Township zoning board's decision to approve construction of the Ravine Flyer II. Waldameer Park owner, Paul Nelson, expected Candela to appeal the decision and still plans to move ahead with the project in the fall.
Read more from The Erie Times-News.
I hate Candela!
After driving through the area, I can't see how the coaster is going to cause that much disturbance to the campground. The coaster will be placed on a bluff at least 200 feet higher than the campground. The campground has a lot of trees in it and the property where the coaster is going is already lined with trees around the edge. In other words, this coaster isn't going to disturb campers anymore than Magnum, Gemini or Mean Streak does at Cedar Point or Top Gun and SOB at PKI or Raven at Holiday World.
The earliest I've ever seen a campgrounds "quiet hours" start is 11 PM, the park closes at 10. I know, I know, some people still go to bed before 10, but from my experience in camping, not very many campers do. I'm lucky if I can get my daughter to bed by 10:30 when we are camping.
I also find it odd that the owner of Presque Isle Cottages (which is across the street from Sara's and also sits about 200 feet below the park) isn't complaining that the coaster will be a disturbance to their guests.
Like I stated in another thread about it, Paul Nelson said he is following through with his plans this fall, because he is confident the case will go through.
Worst case scenario, he would have to have the layout changed, which wouldn't be the end of the world but surely not what Nelson wants, but if need be, he could, and build it with a slightly different layout.
Waldameer has already stated that they want the coaster to open for the 2007 season.
He's got a decent variety of rides... but visiting the park a few weeks ago, I just felt a lack of stuff to do there. I realize it's a small family park... but being similar to Martin's Fantasy Island in Buffalo, NY (except Pauls rides look more pernament), I'd expect a few more intense flats than just the Ali-Baba ride by A.R.M rides.
Either way, I sure hope this gets started VERY soon so there's a "no-turning-back-now" procedure (ie: get those footers up & there be no appeals anymore).
I can see, or hope to see, Waldameer recieving a HUSS spinner, like King Kahuna at Kennywood. I think it would be a good addition.
Some people just want the attention, like complaining about the coaster is gonna bring more people to your campground. Smart thinking.*** This post was edited by sros208 7/20/2004 9:24:47 AM ***
If the judge overturns their appeal, Waldameer can build the Ravine Flyer, if not, then Waldameer must change the layout before the coaster can be built, thats it.
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