Water ride and adventure park for Coney Island

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Parks today announced plans to bring a new large-scale water ride, adventure park, public plaza and an arcade to Coney Island’s amusement district.

Zamperla-backed Central Amusement International (CAI) will activate 150,000 square feet of City-owned land in the heart of the amusement district.

CAI will transform vacant land located next to the Thunderbolt rollercoaster into a new log flume and an adventure park. The adventure park will feature a ropes course for visitors of all ages, which will offer views of the boardwalk and ocean.

James Patchett, president and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, said: “Coney Island is both a cherished summertime destination and an important economic engine for South Brooklyn. With these exciting new attractions and our ongoing investments in housing and infrastructure, Coney Island’s future has never looked brighter.”

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NYC Parks Commissioner, Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, said: “The Coney Island Amusement District is a nostalgic New York City destination, and we are proud to be a part of improving and evolving it for future generations to enjoy. We are confident that the new developments to Luna Park will add even more fun for the thousands of families that flock to Coney Island each year.”

Alessandro Zamperla, President of Luna Park, said: “We are expanding Luna Park by 50 percent, adding new attractions and entertainment while also providing spaces where guests surrounded by timeless excitement can eat, play, rest, and escape the mundane. A spectacular new portal with thousands of glorious lights will welcome guests as they arrive from the subway, asserting Luna Park as one of the nation’s most dynamic amusement destinations that must be visited by New Yorkers and tourists.”

The development is hoped to add momentum to the Administration’s investments in affordable housing, infrastructure, cultural facilities, and economic development across the neighborhood.

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Last year, the park had a revamp and rebranding as part of a five year programme which also includes an update of Coney Island’s website.

Images courtesy NYDEDC