There was a day when it used to be the place to be in America, the ultimate destination for a day of family fun. Mayor Bloomberg is trying to revive that past. This new redevelopment plan costing a whopping $83 million will set a brand new tone of atmosphere at the park and for this historic landmark.
The revamp of the amusement park will center directly around what they are calling theParachute Pavilion. This will change the surrounding area such as Stillwell Avenue, Surf Avenue will possibly be adding a hotel and spa to attract more guest. Adding to this will be a multicultural center to help improve the boardwalk. Many places will be pitching in money for the total of the $83 million, $7 million of which will be donated by federal government.
For as long as many have held Coney Island in their hearts to an ever growing city time means change. In the long run this redevelopment will add many great things such as 1,500 to 2,000 permanent jobs for the surrounding city and nearly 10,000 construction jobs. Many people are against this due to, as they put it, the fact that “it will never look the same” and that "Coney Island won’t be Coney Island if it looks like any other boardwalk out there it has to retain its historical beauty to please the masses!”
Parts of the construction have started as of September and others won’t end until mid to late 2007. The Stillwell Avenue plan won’t be finished until late 2009 at earliest.
As many know Coney Island is home to the famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster and the wacky Wonder Wheel but, what may be in store for the island’s future, nobody knows just yet, we’ll have to see. New things will be coming their way in future years. With the some odd 5+ million people that visit this historic place every year you’d be surprised at what goes on behind closed doors to make the park an ever better place to visit and notice new things every time you walk into the gates. Like an open air café, a new hotel, and beach front spa, these new ideas keep coming and soon enough you have one sweet place, for the adults to relax over dinner, the kids a place to be thrilled and just plain enjoy themselves and keep coming back for more.
One other pressed issue by Bloomberg is to add increased residential development. It would allow for more people local to the area to visit, increasing the population and making room for more developments to come in future time, ultimately making all developments beneficial here on in.