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Bay Beach Amusement Park to see some new improvements

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Zippin Pippin roller coaster seen on Monday July 22, 2013. (Photo by: Terry Lee).
Zippin Pippin roller coaster seen on Monday July 22, 2013. (Photo by: Terry Lee).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Improvements to Bay Beach Amusement Park is in the works, according to Green Bay park officials.

A new concession stand is planned, as is new lighting, a 400 stall parking lot and cosmetic upgrades to the Zippin Pippin roller coaster and the Sea Dragon. The price tag for all of that is expected to be north of $800,000. Park revenue is expected to cover those costs, and the city is also near a $500,000 grant.

 With the arrival of the Zippin Pippin three years ago, and the Sea Dragon late last summer, the west end of Bay Beach has been a popular place to be. That area remains the focus of city parks officials.

Should things go according to plan this summer, officials say more fun projects will begin. That entails moving the route of the train to include a track heading west and a path underneath the Zippin Pippin.

“I think people are really going to love it. It gives you a better view of the Bay, it gives you the excitement of going under the Zippin Pippin when it’s moving, so it’ll add a new dimension to that ride,”  Dawne Cramer, the director of Green Bay’s parks department, told FOX 11.

The city of Green Bay is also looking for the amusement park's 20th ride.

“We haven’t zeroed in on a specific ride yet and when we do that then we’ll kind of look around to the various areas a lot more and be able to kind of focus our attention on one ride,” Jason Arnold, assistant facilities manager for the city, told FOX 11.

Adding a ride fits the park’s master plan, which was updated last year. It calls for at least one ride to be added every two years for the next seven years.

The opening of Bay Beach won't happen this year for almost three months.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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