Yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and officials unveiled plans for a new amusement park in Coney Island scheduled to open by Memorial Day.
Central Amusement International will lease three City-owned parcels (6.2 acres) for ten years and invest nearly $30 million to build and operate the parks, with rides from Italy-based ride designer and manufacturer, Zamperla.
McBrooklyn received a statement Tuesday from activist group Save Coney Island that praised Zamperla USA for its "exciting vision."
“We congratulate the City for bringing this world-class amusement operator to Coney Island,” said Save Coney Island spokesman Juan Rivero. “We hope the City will build on this success by purchasing additional land to create space for more amusement operators to participate in Coney Island's rebirth.”
“This is a fantastic first step” Rivero said. “We hope that this exciting vision will challenge the City and everyone to dream bigger dreams of a larger and even more spectacular Coney Island amusement district.”
Photo 1, rendering of Luna Park entrance supplied by NYCEDC.
Photo 2: BP Markowitz, surrounded by (left to right): Mayor Michael Bloomberg, State Senator Diane Savino, Council Member Domenic Recchia and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. Photo by Mark Zustovich