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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:02 pm

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is stepping up his fundraising goal to cover cost overruns on the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. City officials say the construction project now is expected to cost $3.5 million, up from the original $3 million estimate.

Schmitt said $300,000 in city reserves have been tapped, and he believes private donations will cover the rest of the deficit. "We're still confident that we're going to have more revenues from other sources," he said.

The Zippin Pippin, under construction at Bay Beach Amusement Park, originally was planned to be covered by $2.4 million in city borrowing and $600,000 in expected donations.

On Tuesday, Schmitt said the original $3 million project budget was based on an early estimate that the foundation would cost about $200,000. That estimate was later discarded in favor of a more realistic $600,000 estimate, but it remained part of the project budget, resulting in the $300,000 in cost overruns.

The contingency fund was established using a Bay Beach reserve fund, which now is down to $650,000. Referring to the contingency, the mayor said, "We knew we would probably need it."

Construction got under way in August and is scheduled to continue through the winter.

The wooden roller coaster, scheduled to open next May, is intended as a replica of a longtime Memphis, Tenn., attraction renowned as Elvis Presley's favorite amusement park ride. Green Bay officials hope it will draw big crowds to Bay Beach.

SMA Construction Services LLC of Abrams is being paid $513,660 to install the ride's concrete foundation, and Miron Construction Co. of Neenah won the $936,753 job of assembling the wooden frame. City officials initially said both contracts were under budget.

But officials recently disclosed that they have exhausted a $300,000 contingency fund because of the higher-than-expected costs on the foundation job. Parks Director Bill Landvatter recently told the City Council the increased costs had "pretty much eaten up" the contingency. Landvatter also told aldermen that the project was likely to cost as much as $3.5 million.

The owner of SMA Construction Services later said his company has not encountered sizeable problems. Company owner Mike Abhold said his crews are nearly finished and have generated only minor cost overruns. "I guarantee it's nowhere near $300,000," Abhold said.

City staffers described about $28,000 in added costs for excavating deeper underground and adding more fill than they anticipated to stabilize the foundation.

Schmitt said he expects to have no trouble raising more in private donations to cover the remainder of the project deficit. He said he was not ready to divulge details, although he said last month that he was more than halfway to his original goal of $600,000. "I am committed to delivering this project," he said.

Chuck Bingham, a spokesman for consultant Martin & Vleminckx Rides LLC, which is overseeing the roller coaster project, said his firm was aware of cost overruns on the foundation job. Bingham, however, said there have been no other issues on the project. "It couldn't be better," he said.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby deathbydinn » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:04 pm

Here's some updates on the ride. The website doesn't let you link to individual photos, so album links will have to do.

- As of December 23 the main structure has been completed.

http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/ZippinPippin/images/23December2010/index.html

- Portions of track have been placed and work on the station has started as well.

http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/ZippinPippin/images/6January2011/index.html

http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/ZippinPippin/images/25January2011/index.html

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The device was used to slow or stop the train as it approaches and enters the station.
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Modern braking methods will be employed for the new coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park.

-The Bay Beach website as a whole has been redone to look more like the Zippin Pippin website.

http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/BayBeach/index.html

- According to the site the ride will open with the park on May 7.
- The ride will cost four tickets, tickets are 25 cents each.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby samisthabomb » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:50 pm

Only a dollar to ride? Man, that's cheap.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby deathbydinn » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:44 pm

^ And it's still the most expensive ride in the park.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby Jerrykoala2112 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:23 pm

They posted an update on their Facebook....

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=198633770158459&id=124473544241149&aid=45201

So far, the ride seems to be going well. No information on testing yet, but the ride is still set to open on opening day, May 7th. The ride actually looks pretty fun and turned out very well, glad a park would do something like this.

ADMIN EDIT: I went ahead and uploaded all of the photos to the thread. Thanks for sharing this with us!
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby coastercrazy216 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:29 pm

Wow! The ride really looks fantastic!

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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby beatle11 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:37 pm

Looking good!
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby Jojo19799 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:08 pm

This looks amazing! I can't wait to take a trip up there this summer.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby coasterdude5 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:24 pm

I'm so excited about this ride. I can't wait to ride it this summer. Even though it's a "replica" of the Zippin Pippin, I'm sure it will still bring back some great memories.
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Re: Green Bay's Bay Beach to get the Zippin Pippin

Postby Kumbarider1993 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:44 pm

I'll try and get out to ride this, looks like it's coming along great! although i don't think it will utilize single position lap bars ;(. but hopefully it's won't take too much away from the ride experience

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