Zippin Pippin likely to cost half-million more than anticipated

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City officials say the construction project now is expected to cost $3.5 million, up from the original $3 million estimate. Schmitt said $300,000 in city reserves have been tapped, and he believes private donations will cover the rest of the deficit.

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crazy horse's avatar

I find it kind of funny that they did not plan a little better. Half a million is not a tiny amount of money.

Of course the city should of had money in place for problems that arise.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

I was clear to them on the phone not to rush. Must have spoke to the wrong department.

Vater's avatar

Just a teensy miscalculation. Oops.

I bet Paramount wished that Son Of Beast was only half a million over budget.

-Brent Kneebush

Kinda reminds me when Americana decided to scrap the Thunder Run Project and opted to build the Raging Thunder Log Flume. Price increases of concrete during construction put it way over budget, So much so that it never recovered. They sold the Tin Lizzies to Kentucky Kingdom and some other moves but a barely surviving park taking a huge hit along with the fires..........

Now im not saying Bay Beach is in any trouble. This could be a boon for them. Or not.

coasterqueenTRN's avatar

I hope the contiune on with the project. It's worth every penny. :)

I'm sure the funds will be found...or forced. BTW, what was the Thunder Run project at Americana?

Thunder Run at Kentucky Kingdom was designed to be installed at Americana.

Vater's avatar

Initially on a napkin, no less. :)

Quiz question: what two coasters inspired the design of Thunder Run?

LostKause's avatar

Without using Google to find the correct answer, Hercules and Racer? Just a guess. It's probable that I am wrong.

Vater's avatar

Nope. Both coasters were located (one still is) at the same park, and one of them is not wood.

Edit: I'm not really sure you'd be able to find the answer even if you Googled it.

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Hmm.... Interestingly enough, the city selected the lowest bid to due the concrete work on this project. And the bid was significantly lower than the other bids. So, this isn't totally surprising.

Coastin' from Green Bay, WI
LostKause's avatar

Mean Streak and Magnum? :p

HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

I'll guess Timberwolf and Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun.


Vater's avatar

Regarding the park, think of where the designer calls home.

LostKause's avatar

Beast and King Cobra? I think I am at least close. I don't like this game anymore. lol


The more I think about this, the more I think that I am right. KC had just about the same overhead layout as hurler.

I might want to change my answer though. I think that the other coaster was Racer, and not the Beast, because of it's airtime.

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Vater's avatar

I must be giving lousy clues.

John Fetterman originally designed Thunder Run for Americana. It was inspired by Phoenix and the Schwarzkopf Jet Star at Knoebels. The first drop heads into into a Jet Star-like turn (Thunder Run's first turn is banked at 67°, same as the Jet Star) followed by some Phoenix-like air.

Sorry for the thread-jack; I've just always had a special interest in Thunder Run.

LostKause's avatar

No apologies necessary, as far as I am concerned. I found it interesting. I suck at roller coaster history though.

I was looking at Charles Dinn and not Fetterman. Doesn't Dinn have a home base just north of Cincinnati? So KI was the park that I came up with, then I researched that Thunder Run is a "Double Paper Clip" design, and I thought about King Cobra and it's design being similar. Then I thought maybe Racers was the other, because of the low airtime hills.

I started off in the totally wrong direction. It was still fun.

Government 101:

  1. Sell public on an unrealistic low cost of project/program.
  2. Emphasize the magic "private" donors who rarely appear.
  3. Start spending/creating the underfunded project
  4. Wine about said underfunding and sell public on the idea that there is no way they can stop throwing more money at the underfunded project since they already started.
  5. Tax the public to make up the underfunding, or just deficit spend.

Quiz: When is the last time the Congressional Budget Office has overestimated funds needed for a program/project? What incentive does local government have to act any differently?

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