^I remember my 1999 visit to GA, and that park had quite a bit of people for a typical summer Saturday. By the time night fell, I still had about a 20-minute wait for Drop Tower. Stealth was still under construction but GA had Tidal Wave still running (which was my first and only ride). After 1999, I hadn't gone to CGA until 2007 when I became a 'regular visitor' as I had a SFDK pass, then had college taking over everything. As far as flat rides go, I think at the moment GA is pretty solid. They could definitely use atleast 2 coasters: 1 as a much needed coaster and the other to replace Invertigo. As of right now (or when S:UF get's built) CGA won't have the most coasters in Northern California as what is played over their PA system entering the park.
Mechanic: your letter was very well written. While mine covered the same/similar points, looking back, I probably could have worded it better. If anyone's curious, here's what I wrote:
To whom it may concern:
I am a frequent visitor of the California's Great America (CGA) amusement park and have come across efforts for a proposed wooden coaster for CGA. I first heard about this back in 2008 where there was to be a 111-foot coaster in the northwestern part of the park when plans came to a screeching halt due to noise concerns from the neighboring building, ultimately being concerns from Prudential. From that point, it seemed that the project went on hold, or vanished altogether.
Several years later (Last June and moreso last February) I saw that the plans were revived for revised plans. Being curious in how the project was rolling along, I recently saw the same noise concerns. While I don't know the exact details this time as it has not made it to any news sites, only seeing an appeal from Prudential, it concerned me that the same dilemma is bound to happen 4 years later.
Why am I concerned? As a frequent visitor to CGA from Hayward (and a member of the general public), I feel that adding a major attraction (something the park has not seen since the early 2000's) would be a huge draw for the park, attract more visitors (I'm sure you are aware of how successful the Haunt event has been, that's 1 thing that's new for the park since 2008 and has grown over the years), and in the long run be more beneficial to the city. Many people were actually let down just before the 2011 season when one of the park's major (and very popular) attractions were pulled, in hopes that something major will replace it.
I do understand that there are neighbors next to the park, and back in 2008, it was noted that the park already makes too much noise. Realistically, what should one expect when they choose to set up shop right next to a theme park? Prudential (and tenants renting the office spaces) should have already aware that if they move next to a theme park, they should expect noise. It is up to them if they want their employees to be easily distracted or not, thus if being in that location will provide distractions from their workflow, that location is probably not the best for them. What should one expect when they choose to live right by the airport or next to the train tracks? I do realize there are efforts to keep noise levels under control, and there are several modifications that have been done to roller coasters to help muffle the screams and noise (whether if it's some form of sound wall, or 'scream tunnels' that cover portions of the track that are most likely to cause a rider to scream).
As much as I'm just a regular park guest, I feel that giving my feedback representing the public is important and I hope you take these thoughts into consideration (if the city council team hasn't already).
Thank you for your time.
I know it's not perfect but I think I delivered my point.
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