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April 13, 1999

Michigan's Adventure Plans One More Roller Coaster

Muskegon, MI - The owner of Michigan's Adventure has confirmed that the park is planning to build a new steel roller coaster in the near future. The new coaster could be as tall as 210 feet, should the park obtain a height variance from the Dalton Township.

The new roller coaster is a part of the park's multi-million dollar expansion plans, which are to be carried out over the next five years. The new roller coaster is expected to cost around $7 million.

The park hopes that the expansion will make Michigan's Adventure the number one destination in Michigan. The objective of the expansion is to double the parks current annual attendance of 500,000.

Next week, park officials are going to ask the Dalton Township Zoning Board of Appeals for a height variance, when the board meets on April 20. The park would like a variance so they may build a structure up to 210 feet tall.

In addition to the variance, park officials are also going to ask the planning commission for three special use permits and one zone change, when the commission meets a week later. Park owner Roger Jourden is hoping to change the zoning of the land he owns east of the park from residential to commercial.

Of the three special use permits being sought, one is for a new steel roller coaster that will be built on land on the north side of Riley-Thompson Road, near the Shivering Timbers coaster. The other permits are for a convenience store/gas station and a new parking lot.

In addition to the current proposed projects, the park is also working on plans for a campground and a 300-room hotel for the park's future.