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March 23, 2005

Court Removes Hurtle For New Roller Coaster

Erie, PA -- On Monday an Erie County Judge ruled to uphold a zoning ordinance in Milcreek Township permitting Waldameer Park to build a new wooden roller coaster at the 108-year-old amusement park.

Waldameer Park has been trying to build the Ravine Flyer II for several years, but the owner of a neighboring campground has opposed the ride. The proposed roller coaster is designed to resemble the park's original Ravine Flyer coaster that operated from 1922 to 1938.

The campground owner objected to the plans due to concerns about potential noise from the roller coaster. Objecting to the ride's proposed location he asked that the ride be built farther away from this property.

Despite the objections the township approved the roller coaster.

On Monday Judge Ernest DiSantis ruled in the case brought to court by the campground owner that the township's decision to allow it was proper. The court decision eliminates a major hurtle for Waldameer Park to proceed with its plans.

The park hopes to begin construction on the roller coaster in a year or two.

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