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After roller coaster of uncertainty, Sylvan Beach Amusement Park opens for summer

By ANNA MEILER

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The rides at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park are back up and running after a roller coaster of uncertainty that it may not open at all.

"Memorial Day came, it wasn't open, I was like, 'really?' I was waiting for it and I was sad they weren't going to open. Then they said they were and I was like, 'yes!'" said Alex Richardson.

After delaying the opening twice, rides were inspected Monday and they got their permits Wednesday.

Parents are happy to finally get the kids out of the house.

"Finally," said Christine Hubbard. "My daughter did the roller coaster for the first time, Kiddie Land rides and now we're going to go get ice cream."

And students on break are relieved their summer jobs are secured.

"Grad school is all me so it's important to have funding so I can actually pay for it and do what I want to do so it's important to me," said Sarah Pritchard, a college senior.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park is a community staple and attracts about 100,000 people a summer. If the park hadn't reopened, the whole area would have felt the impact.

"There's a lot of rental units and camp grounds in the area and a lot of that business is because they plan to spend time at the amusement park obviously," said Pat Goodenow, the park manager.

Plus local restaurants benefit from the buzz generated by the rides.

"People travel from out of town to come here and then in the spring when it wasn't open they were a little disappointed, but it's up and going strong so everybody's excited," said Annette South, a waitress at Eddie's Restaurant.

Eighty percent of the park is complete and the rest of the rides will be on track by Friday.

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