This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.Official Park Website
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
_____________________________________________________2008January 16th, 2008 - Bay Beach considers adding wooden coaster & ferris wheel2010February 2nd, 2010 - Could the Zippin Pippin be reborn at Bay Beach?February 4th, 2010 - Green Bay Mayor requests halting of the Zippin Pippin dismantlingFebruary 9th, 2010 - Green Bay Mayor announces intent to buy the Zippin PippinFebruary 11th, 2010 - The Gravity Group inspects the Zippin Pippin remainsFebruary 11th, 2010 - Zippin Pippin collapses during dismantling, sale still proceedingFebruary 23rd, 2010 - Approval process for Zippin Pippin purchase beginsMarch 3rd, 2010 - Zippin Pippin recreation approved for Bay BeachMarch 5th, 2010 - City council approves Zippin Pippin dealMarch 21st, 2010 - The Zippin Pippin belongs to Bay Beach!April 20th, 2010 - Martin & Vleminckx overseeing Zippin Pippin projectMay 12th, 2010 - Rezoning complete for Zippin Pippin projectAugust 5th, 2010 - Footers to be poured on August 16th, 2010August 26th, 2010 - Ground broken on the Zippin PippinOctober 3rd, 2010 - Zippin Pippin construction photo reportOctober 3rd, 2010 - Trains coming from Thunder Eagle in Pigeon Forge, TNNovember 24th, 2010 - Fundraising started to help manage Zippin Pippin excess costs2011March 26th, 2011 - Major Zippin Pippin construction update photo reportApril 25th, 2011 - Zippin Pippin makes first successful test runMay 6th, 2011 - Zippin Pippin preview ride reportJune 23rd, 2011 - Zippin Pippin brings in big numbers in early months2012April 10th, 2012 - Bay Beach considering charity coaster riding programs2013March 6th, 2013 - Bay Beach is purchasing a used Sea Dragon for the 2013 season2014February 14th, 2014 - Park sees improvements for 2014, looking for new rideJuly 6th, 2014 - Park may become the recipient of donated Train/Tracks2015January 14th, 2015 - Falling Star among new rides announced for 20152017September 19th, 2017 - Bay Beach ready to add second train loop
This was in our local paper today
Posted January 16, 2008
Roller coaster, new Ferris wheel in plans for Bay Beach
Amusement park proposal goes to City Council Jan. 29
By Paul Srubas firstname.lastname@example.org
A wooden roller coaster and a Ferris wheel large enough to be seen from the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge are some of the improvements under consideration for Bay Beach Amusement Park.
Members of Green Bay's Park Committee heard a report this week from Schreiber/Anderson Associates, a Madison-based architectural company charged with designing upgrades at Bay Beach.
The company based its design in part on input from citizens groups set up after Green Bay bought up the last of the 23 acres of land west of the existing park.
"This is the culmination of what's been going on for at least the last 20 years of acquiring land," parks director Bill Landvatter said.
Chris Thiel and Aaron Wiliams of Schreiber/ Anderson pitched a plan that includes the installation of four "featured attractions" — the roller coaster, Ferris wheel, a high-visibility tower ride that gives a view of the park and water, and a spray-and-play fountain.
The plan would add five more rides to the existing seven "tot rides," and to add six rides to the five existing "family rides."
The old Ferris wheel, bumper car building, giant slide, ponies and the train would remain, although the latter would have twice the ground to cover under the plan, which includes a second depot.
The goal of the design was to keep the traditional look and feel of Bay Beach, so lawns, trees and other plantings would be expanded, Thiel said.
"The character of this park now is a park," Thiel said. "It does not want to be Great America or Disneyland. It's Bay Beach. The picnic areas flow into the ride area, so we tried to maintain vegetation and add to that, and interweave the picnic areas into it."
The plan includes a new parking lot on the far western edge of the park, a large multi-purpose lawn with adjoining park shelter, equipped with bathrooms, an expanded area for the rides, with pedestrian-friendly walkways, and a boardwalk running the length of the park. There also will be a trolley to transport people across the park.
A series of buildings near the park's center could be used for concessions, arcades and gift shops, Thiel said. Additional shelters and maintenance buildings would allow the pavilion to be put to better use, and that includes using it for winter activities, he said.
A grassy area behind the pavilion could serve as an outdoor amphitheater, and there's a plan for a viewing pier out into the bay behind that.
Restoring the beach and building a walkway to Renard Isle also were in the plan, although Thiel acknowledged the environmental issues associated with the island, which has been a depository for polychlorinated biphenyls sediment dredged from the Fox River.
"That's another discussion for another time," he said.
Ideally, Landvatter would like to see Phase I of the improvement project started in 2009. That likely would include the installation of the wooden roller coaster to help increase revenue for continued development, Thiel said.
Other aspects of the phase would be building some of the pedestrian paths, moving existing rides westward and putting in new plantings.
The second phase would focus on the pavilion, main park entries, parking lot and the eastern half of the boardwalk. And the third phase would involve installation of new rides, the arcade buildings, a second train depot and work on most of the open spaces to the west of the ride area.
The next step is to firm up the plan and present it to the City Council at its Jan. 29 meeting with some cost estimates of the phases. Schreiber/Anderson would incorporate any last-minute changes provided by the public or council and wrap the plan up for February or March, Landvatter said.