Modern renovations will result in a smoother 'Legend' ride
ARNOLDS PARK -- Arnolds Park Amusement Park "Legend Roller Coaster" is undergoing renovations. Work is underway to replace 575 linear feet of track and catwalk, along with adding several concrete footings just below the "Point of No Return."
"We are looking forward to this improvement as we have been planning some significant updates to the Legend for a few years," Scott Pyle, general manager at Arnolds Park, said. "The cost of this project is just over $250,000 and for us that is a big expense. Our staff and board have been working very hard planning and budgeting for this renovation."
A survey was completed by Great Coasters International Inc. providing a profile of the coaster and changes which could be made to ensure it is one of the best -- smoother -- wooden coasters in the country. With the Legend reaching 86 years in age, the Arnolds Park Board of Directors and staff had an additional, more pointed survey completed. An additional evaluation was done on the 1,492 feet of wooden track and the structure that supports it. During the survey it was determined that the coaster is still in excellent shape as a whole, but the overall ride quality would be greatly improved and the speed would be increased if the "Point of No Return" drop were reconfigured to a smoother, more flowing angle. Along with that, the bottom of the second drop could be raised slightly to improve ride quality and allow for updated concrete footings as well as ease of future maintenance.
These changes will affect one-third of the total track length and will be the first of four planned projects over the next several years. This first phase will be completed prior to opening in the spring of 2013.
"The Legend Roller Coaster is our No. 1 attraction, so we know our visitors love it as much as we do. We are planning to continue with more updates as we move into the future so she can thrill our guests for another 86 years," Di Lorenzen, Arnolds Park communications manager, said.