GREEN BAY - The Zippin Pippin has met its goal for the season.
Green Bay's new roller coaster welcomed its 200,000th rider Thursday afternoon. Ryan Opitz of Slinger arrived at 1:04 p.m. and was met by Mayor Jim Schmitt, who presented Opitz with a certificate and several souvenirs.
Opitz said it was his 20th time on the ride, which is located at Bay Beach Amusement Park.
"It makes your stomach flip over and it's pretty fun," he said when asked why he liked the ride.
So far, city officials say Bay Beach revenue has topped $1.25 million for the season, a 48.62 percent increase over the same period last year, before the roller coaster arrived.
Schmitt says any extra revenue will go back into the park.
"Our donors want us to keep the money in the park," Schmitt said. "I want to keep the money in the park and we can do that so we can add more stuff."
The ride, which opened in April, cost the city $3.793 million to build, a 26 percent increase over the initial estimate. The money is scheduled to be paid off over 10 years.
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