GREEN BAY - This weekend, parts for a new ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park arrived in Green Bay.
City officials posted a picture on Bay Beach's Facebook page Monday morning of the park's 19th ride, the Sea Dragon.
"We had looked at this ride a year ago," said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay's mayor. "Timing, pricing and a number of things, this was the right time to acquire it."
"We're just waiting for some more parts to come in, then we can start working on some of the refurbishments that need to be done on it," said Jason Arnoldi, the city's special facilities assistant manager.
The ride is currently in a city garage. Parks officials aren't letting the public see it yet. They say the picture on Facebook was posted before it should have been.
"It's just a few nicks and scratches here and there that we'd like to get fixed before we show the public the rest of the ride," said Arnoldi.
Arnoldi tested the ride for the city before the city bought it from a west coast traveling ride circuit.
"Depending on where you sit you get a little more thrill if you're toward the top, in the back you get to look straight down," said Arnoldi. "If you're in the middle it's a little more smooth of a ride."
The ride is designed for all ages. It can seat up to 60 people and swings up to 56 feet high.
The Sea Dragon likely won't be ready to ride until next spring.
"We have to pretty much retrofit it from a traveling ride into a permanent ride in the park," said Arnoldi.
"This ride it is here and sure I'd like to be riding it next week, but it's going to take some time," said Schmitt. "We've got to get the footings in place, position it right so people can enjoy the view of the park as well as obviously the view of the bay."
Totaling the purchase price, sprucing up costs and installation, the ride is expected to cost about $670,000. It's being paid for through park revenue and donations.
The ride will be on the west end of the park, near the Zippin Pippin.
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