Luna Park boss: We’ll be ready!

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Never mind all the construction cranes and mud, Luna Park operators say that they will be ready to welcome Coney Island thrill seekers to the amusement park starting at 11 am on Saturday, May 29 as planned.

“As long as the weather assists us, we’re going to make it happen,” Central Amusement International CEO Valerio Ferrari said this week after giving the media a preview tour.

Ten of the 19 new rides made by Italian ride manufacturer Zamperla have already been fully assembled. Only one — described as a “small family ride” — has yet to arrive.

Work crews are expected to begin paving the three-acre site this weekend.

A lot more than just a few summer rides is at stake. Ferrari’s outfit — an offshoot of Italian ride manufacture Zamperla — is building an interim amusement park that may occupy the former Astroland site for up to 10 years — though city officials say it will give way to a permanent new theme park, plus hotels and other amusements years earlier.

Luna Park’s more aggressive rides will be located closer to the main entrance on Surf Avenue, leaving tamer variants near the Boardwalk — similar to the layout of Luna Park’s predecessor, Astroland Amusement Park.

When it’s finally installed, the 25-kilowatt “Luna Park” sign welcoming patrons to Coney Island’s newest amusement park will rise 60 feet over Surf Avenue.

Luna Park operators plan to briefly shut down the amusement park for three days immediately following the Memorial Day holiday in order to finish assembling all of its pieces.

The amusement park as envisioned — with all its rides, games and food services — isn’t expected to be fully operational until about mid-June.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mechooel from Brighton says:
Will Coney Island be the next target of Islamic maniac terrorists after their failed attempt to blow up Times Square? Can the homeland security and the NYPD work together to prevent such terror by a determined foe to wreak havoc upon the people of NYC or has the lesson of 911 be totally forgotten? I worked in Coney Island when Lindsay was mayor & remember the riots of Easter Sunday when 400 Police were there to control a riotious crowd of 1.5 million and former Mayor (Lindsay) wanted to disarm the Cops so they could not defend the people let alone themselves. Security is needed in this age of Terror. I hope the Police have their hands untied because the NYPD is Truly NY's FINEST and the people need their protection!
May 21, 2010, 9:43 am
Michael from Riverdale, Da Bronx says:
I agree! Coney Island is such a fun place for friends and family and I hope they can keep it safe for all of us. Especially on the 4th of July! We as family go to Coney Island about 5 times every summer so i will be keeping a close eye on security and hope theres no problems.
May 24, 2010, 7 pm
Jack from Bay ridge says:
I have to say that I totally disagree with the two previous posters. I like the lawless side of coney island, and really there is no threat from terrorists. It's way over hyped. The number of people murdered by ex-lovers or memebers of their own families is about 1,000,000 times as large as those who are killed by terrorists. I'd like the police to spend some more time harassing my family and ex-lovers to make sure that they don't want to kill me. At least they have a good reason to try and hurt or kill me, not some imagined communist- oh no, wrong era, I mean "terrorist" who doesn't know me and couldn't reallyc are less about what I do.
May 25, 2010, 5:30 am

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