Bay Beach looking ahead to 2019 opener

Published: Mar. 28, 2018 at 1:21 PM CDT
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37 days until Bay Beach Amusement Park opens for the 2018 year, but officials are already looking forward to plans for the 2019 season.

Earlier in the week, Action 2 News laid out plans for the 2018 season, including a larger concession stand and second train ride.

But there’s still more to come.

“It's something that's been in the plans for a long time, something we've wanted for a long time,” says Jason Arnoldi, Manager at Bay Beach Amusement Park. “For 2019 the first thing we have coming is a giant Ferris wheel. It's going to be 100 feet tall, just about twice the size of our current Ferris wheel.”

Plans are also underway for the actual beach at Bay Beach, including a boardwalk and bathhouse.

“We’ve been looking forward to this since the Master Plan was implemented in 2007. And we're very close to making it a reality,” says Dan Ditscheit, Interim Parks Director for the City of Green Bay.

The Master Plan was first released about a decade ago. Projects in that plan include the Zippin Pippin addition in 2011, and this year’s train ride and concession stand.

The Friends of Bay Beach fundraising group is donating the Ferris wheel, but funds are still in the works for the beach project.

In all, the cost totals about $7 million, breaking down into $1 million worth of fundraising, another $1 million of grants, and an additional $5 million of city bonding.

“Bay Beach revenues would actually pay off that bond payment on a yearly basis,” Ditscheit says. “So there would be no increase in taxes and basically the revenues from rides and concessions will pay off the bonds for this construction project for the beach.”

Next week, Green Bay City Council will decide whether to accept the bonding plan and move forward with the beach development.

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