The announcement of an interim operator is great news for many Coney boosters, though it’s still a far cry from the city’s long-term vision, seen in this 2008 rendering.
Coney Island’s imminent resurrection has apparently progressed from hopeful conjecture to sound reality. Zamperla, an Italian theme park concern, has won a ten year contract to operate its state-of-the-art rides in the legendary if famously doomed playground.
“Zamperland” in Coney Island will eventually operate on all three parcels of land between the former Astroland site and Keyspan Park that the city bought from major Coney landowner Joe Sitt last year — though only the Astroland plot — at Surf Avenue and West 10th Street — is required to be ready by this summer.
The $2.2 million cost of installation and maintenance of electrical generators and portable toilets will initially be paid for by the city; however, in the future, Zamperla will be expected to construct permanent restrooms and manage its own electricity.
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