A render of the Super Flume, an aquatic merry-go-round that will lift clients up to 40 feet, then dive at speeds of over 35 mph. Photo courtesy of NYC EDC
America’s Playground is gearing up to bring even more fun next year.
Coney Island’s Luna Park will receive three major rides and more space.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 5 to celebrate the expansion of the park, which is expected to be completed in 2022.
The announcement of other attractions in the park was originally made in 2018 by Alessandro Zamperla, president and CEO of Central Amusement International (the parent company of Luna Park) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
One of the attractions is a long-awaited aquatic merry-go-round called the Super Flume. It will lift daring park-goers up to 40 feet and dive at a speed of over 35 miles per hour for the big splash.
The Super Flume trough will be over 1,200 feet in length.
A new roller coaster, known as the J2SK Coaster, will also be built in the park and intertwine with the Super Flume.
“Riders will embark on an unmistakable roller coaster as it bends and curves down the Super Flume’s path at over 30 mph, increasing the experience for riders,” Luna Park representatives said.
The park will also offer Sky Chaser, an adventure zone that offers climbers views of the Coney Island Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean up to 50 feet. It includes both acrobatic courses and zip lines for skills.
“Each season our aim is to provide the best sensations and experiences to our local community as well as to the tourists who visit us each year,” said Zamperla. “With the addition of these new attractions and pedestrian plazas, we are delighted to continue to celebrate Coney Island’s legacy by bringing the best amusement park innovations to New York City.”
“The city’s continued investment in Coney Island and the Entertainment District will ensure this popular destination in southern Brooklyn is a delight for New Yorkers and tourists alike,” said Rachel Loeb, President and CEO of EDC.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Peers called the ceremony a big day for the borough
“Congratulations to the Zamperla family for their continued investment in Coney Island,” said Peers. “Thanks also to [Alexandra Silversmith] for his excellent leadership at the Alliance for Coney Island.
Finally, Luna Park will also transform three streets into landscaped pedestrian plazas between Wonder Wheel Way and the Coney Island promenade.
“Expanding Luna Park with new rides will create more fun and excitement on our ride for residents and visitors,” said council member Mark Treyger, whose district includes Coney Island.
“The new pedestrian plazas will allow more open space and the attractions will regenerate our economy with jobs for local residents. I am proud to partner with EDC and Luna Park to make this expansion a reality, ”he added.