Friday, March 14, 2008

New Amusement Park To Open on Long Island

Plans are apparently under way to construct a new amusement park in River Head, out in Suffolk County on Long Island. According to the website of the developers, Island Amusement Ventures, LLC., 'Pirates Landing Amusement Park' was initially expected to open this coming spring, but at this point is not expected to open until the spring of 2009. The language of the site implies that this is due to funding issues

Even if it takes longer than that, it's still quite likely that Pirate's Landing will open long before the redeveloped Coney Island amusement area.

Considering that River Head is a good 80 miles outside of Brooklyn, It shouldn't affect the Coney Island amusement area's status as the metro area's premier amusement park. Furthermore, an enclosed suburban amusement park is quite different from the open, boardwalk adjacent amusements of Coney Island. All the same, a new waterfront "regional family oriented recreational amusement & entertainment center" in the greater New York City area is probably something Coney Island should be keeping its eye on as future competition, especially if the city is hoping to draw crowds from father away.

- post by Ben Nadler

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