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Bay Beach Amusement Park Discussion Thread

Postby uwgbdork » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:11 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

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2008
January 16th, 2008 - Bay Beach considers adding wooden coaster & ferris wheel

2010
February 2nd, 2010 - Could the Zippin Pippin be reborn at Bay Beach?
February 4th, 2010 - Green Bay Mayor requests halting of the Zippin Pippin dismantling
February 9th, 2010 - Green Bay Mayor announces intent to buy the Zippin Pippin
February 11th, 2010 - The Gravity Group inspects the Zippin Pippin remains
February 11th, 2010 - Zippin Pippin collapses during dismantling, sale still proceeding
February 23rd, 2010 - Approval process for Zippin Pippin purchase begins
March 3rd, 2010 - Zippin Pippin recreation approved for Bay Beach
March 5th, 2010 - City council approves Zippin Pippin deal
March 21st, 2010 - The Zippin Pippin belongs to Bay Beach!
April 20th, 2010 - Martin & Vleminckx overseeing Zippin Pippin project
May 12th, 2010 - Rezoning complete for Zippin Pippin project
August 5th, 2010 - Footers to be poured on August 16th, 2010
August 26th, 2010 - Ground broken on the Zippin Pippin
October 3rd, 2010 - Zippin Pippin construction photo report
October 3rd, 2010 - Trains coming from Thunder Eagle in Pigeon Forge, TN
November 24th, 2010 - Fundraising started to help manage Zippin Pippin excess costs

2011
March 26th, 2011 - Major Zippin Pippin construction update photo report
April 25th, 2011 - Zippin Pippin makes first successful test run
May 6th, 2011 - Zippin Pippin preview ride report
June 23rd, 2011 - Zippin Pippin brings in big numbers in early months

2012
April 10th, 2012 - Bay Beach considering charity coaster riding programs

2013
March 6th, 2013 - Bay Beach is purchasing a used Sea Dragon for the 2013 season

2014
February 14th, 2014 - Park sees improvements for 2014, looking for new ride
July 6th, 2014 - Park may become the recipient of donated Train/Tracks

2015
January 14th, 2015 - Falling Star among new rides announced for 2015

2017
September 19th, 2017 - Bay Beach ready to add second train loop

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This was in our local paper today


Posted January 16, 2008

Roller coaster, new Ferris wheel in plans for Bay Beach

Amusement park proposal goes to City Council Jan. 29

By Paul Srubas
psrubas@greenbaypressgazette.com


A wooden roller coaster and a Ferris wheel large enough to be seen from the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge are some of the improvements under consideration for Bay Beach Amusement Park.


Members of Green Bay's Park Committee heard a report this week from Schreiber/Anderson Associates, a Madison-based architectural company charged with designing upgrades at Bay Beach.


The company based its design in part on input from citizens groups set up after Green Bay bought up the last of the 23 acres of land west of the existing park.


"This is the culmination of what's been going on for at least the last 20 years of acquiring land," parks director Bill Landvatter said.


Chris Thiel and Aaron Wiliams of Schreiber/ Anderson pitched a plan that includes the installation of four "featured attractions" — the roller coaster, Ferris wheel, a high-visibility tower ride that gives a view of the park and water, and a spray-and-play fountain.


The plan would add five more rides to the existing seven "tot rides," and to add six rides to the five existing "family rides."


The old Ferris wheel, bumper car building, giant slide, ponies and the train would remain, although the latter would have twice the ground to cover under the plan, which includes a second depot.


The goal of the design was to keep the traditional look and feel of Bay Beach, so lawns, trees and other plantings would be expanded, Thiel said.


"The character of this park now is a park," Thiel said. "It does not want to be Great America or Disneyland. It's Bay Beach. The picnic areas flow into the ride area, so we tried to maintain vegetation and add to that, and interweave the picnic areas into it."


The plan includes a new parking lot on the far western edge of the park, a large multi-purpose lawn with adjoining park shelter, equipped with bathrooms, an expanded area for the rides, with pedestrian-friendly walkways, and a boardwalk running the length of the park. There also will be a trolley to transport people across the park.


A series of buildings near the park's center could be used for concessions, arcades and gift shops, Thiel said. Additional shelters and maintenance buildings would allow the pavilion to be put to better use, and that includes using it for winter activities, he said.


A grassy area behind the pavilion could serve as an outdoor amphitheater, and there's a plan for a viewing pier out into the bay behind that.


Restoring the beach and building a walkway to Renard Isle also were in the plan, although Thiel acknowledged the environmental issues associated with the island, which has been a depository for polychlorinated biphenyls sediment dredged from the Fox River.


"That's another discussion for another time," he said.


Ideally, Landvatter would like to see Phase I of the improvement project started in 2009. That likely would include the installation of the wooden roller coaster to help increase revenue for continued development, Thiel said.


Other aspects of the phase would be building some of the pedestrian paths, moving existing rides westward and putting in new plantings.


The second phase would focus on the pavilion, main park entries, parking lot and the eastern half of the boardwalk. And the third phase would involve installation of new rides, the arcade buildings, a second train depot and work on most of the open spaces to the west of the ride area.


The next step is to firm up the plan and present it to the City Council at its Jan. 29 meeting with some cost estimates of the phases. Schreiber/Anderson would incorporate any last-minute changes provided by the public or council and wrap the plan up for February or March, Landvatter said.
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Postby larrygator » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:34 am

I know I'm stating the obvious to the TPR members.

In my fantasy world (I guess it's the 1920's) every beach should have a carousel, ferris wheel, wooden roller coaster, a real boardwalk, games of chance and great food.

Leave it up the market dynamics to determine if an area could sustain more.
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Postby coaster05 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:38 am

^Agreed i would rather have 100's of parks with one or two coasters then abunch of parks with 10 coasters.

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Postby Sticky Nicky » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:18 pm

This park was really fun when I visited and by adding a coaster would only make it better. Hopefully it is a low-cost GCI woodie.
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Postby John Peck » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:39 pm

I think any coaster they add would be great for that park. They already have a neat selection of flat rides, including a 24-Passenger Venture Scat

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Postby uwgbdork » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:33 am

News From last night from the local news! City Council approves the park to look for a roller coaster!!!!! From what it looks they are looking to buy a "classic coaster" aka used, and from specs shown looks like they are looking at a 65 foot tall one.

www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local_greenbay_coaster_one_step_closer_to_reality_20090930_rev1

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:49 am

^It should be noted that the recently removed Starliner from Cypress Gardens is 70 ft in height and features a 65 foot drop and has over 2500 ft of track--this may fit the specifications they are looking for.
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Postby themeparkman25 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:47 am

Green Bay is so Packer happy, I literally could see them painting this ride green and yellow and naming it Packers: The ride. For real, theme it Lombardi and Favre and that coaster will print Bay Beach money.

I hope this plan goes through though. Having visited this park (and the bird sanctuary) so many times as a little kid, I would love to visit it again with a coaster. I just remember cruising on the train and rippin' down the slide in a potato sack. Oh the good ole' days.

^Good thinking about Starliner. Perhaps Cypress is just dumping their capital, in which case it would be a steal for Bay Beach.

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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:02 pm

Thunder Eagle, which has been sitting in a field up in Canada for sale since being bought from Bell Island also fits the stats closely. After the reviews of Dania Beach Hurricane, I hope it's this coaster.

http://www.rcdb.com/606.htm


Good news for the park, and hopefully I find the time to go up to southern Canada to ride it when it opens. ;)

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Postby John Peck » Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:31 pm

Those are also very close Stats to the Geauga Lake Big Dipper.

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