This past week was exciting for the folks behind the all new Miracle Strip at Pier Park, they broke ground on the all new 13 acre park - moving just a bit from its current location - that will open in April 2014. Above are the park's officials during the ceremony, I can't blame them for having such large and genuine smiles on their faces!
The developers of Miracle Strip at Pier Park have found a great amount of success in a tiny park located within the Pier Park shopping area, but have outgrown their current home. Luckily a large plot of land was literally just down the street from them, and after much work they've been able to start work and plan to move and expand their operations for next year.
The park has been releasing some great photos of the design and other work going on behind the scenes for the new park, such as this great render of the entrance area. As you can see the landscaping is an integral part of the plan, just as it is currently. The general color motif and style of the park as it is now will be utilized on the new buildings once the park moves.
Here's an interesting look at the buildings that are planned for the new park. I love that they're starting small (i.e. realistically) and just taking it from there. The lighthouse will be a main focal point of the park from afar, and visitors will be able to head up to the top to check out the surrounding area from an elevated view.
This is the site for the new park, just waiting for the bulldozers to move in and start the transformation. This story about the groundbreaking has some details of what we can expect at the new park - it sounds like all the park's current rides (ten) will be moved and ten new ones will take shape. The article mentions a Galaxy coaster, "Bullet" flat ride, more antique kiddie rides and a "1936 caterpillar coaster." Previously the park had also shared that they acquired a Chaos ride and a Loop-O-Plane.
Most folks are still waiting for the famous Starliner wooden roller coaster to open, but as previously stated that will have to wait an extra year. The park has prettied up one of the original cars from the ride, above, and showed it off at the ceremony. It sounds like the plan is to start to build the coaster this coming August to open it in time for the 2015 season.
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