ACE Nor Easter 2013
Photos by Michael Coutermarsh
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Hosted by Lake Compounce
The day opened with an introduction from Russ and a special thanks to the Assistant Regional Reps. Hannah Harrison was introduced form the NY region. There was a get-to-know you game with a goal to find people that have road all the scheduled ERT Coaster Con coasters, Goliath in 2012, going on ACE Euro tour, etc. The park served cheese pizza and salad. They then played videos while everyone ate.
The raffle was held throughout the event with items like park tickets, Untamed magnets, and other park trinkets. The action included items form Boulder Dash’s rehab including the front plate to the green car.
SFNE (Melissa Pinkerton) - They talked about the new Bonzai Pipelines slides coming to the park. The trap door drop can be opened one through six or on a random drop. Thomas town is back as Whistle Stop Park with Flying Aces and the train returning. A new season pass processing location in the old Thomas Town gift shop. Adding Macho Nacho mexican food located in kidzopolis. Goliath will get its long awaited new train but in late spring. Weather guarantee will now give rain checks if the weather gets bad. Wrapped up with talk of coaster con.
Small Parks (Michael Coutermarsh of New Whalom Park)
Santa’s Village – 3 new body slides, The slides were bought used and will be installed after rehab to their Ho Ho H2o area, the park will expand their fences yet again and take over a neighboring building that once held a restaurant and then employee housing. The building will become new changing rooms, a gift shop, and other water park support. The Jolly Lolly fudge shop will be expanded and rehabbed to continue work on the new downtown
Quassy - Water park expansion, 2 speed slides, A bullet bowl and a splash pad. The splash pad may have come from the same closed water park Santa’s Village and Water Wizz got their slides from.
New Whalom – Our group continues to move forward with plans to build an indoor FEC in the memory and using items from the lost Whalom Park. A move has been made to convert the ownership to a Cooperative instead of a traditional LLC and details of this will be released soon. A new board member has been added Bill St Ives will join as the Board of Directors CEO and park General Manager his work backgrounds had brought him to parks like Whalom, Six Flags Great America, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Nickelodeon hotel in Orlando. Questions – consisted of removed rides and there location.
Our group was given a tour of the new Surf Shop as well as a tour of the water park expansion. The amount of space available for future expansion is impressive. The manager that gave the tour assured us there were still open spaces that could be used dry park expansion. The tour kept us to that corner of the park but ample time was given to look around.
The event concluded with the presentation of the ACE New England Spirit Award which was awarded to Mike Thompson who has been involved with ACE from a regional level to a national level having written for ACE New. A quick photo op brought the first 10 recipients together.
In all this was a very well organized event withal to to offer. Attendance was a bit low. Many who normally attend opted to go to opening day at Great Adventure. It worked out well since the training room is large but can get a bit crowded. See you all next year!Find more New England 2013 news here: New England 2013 Plans
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