New rides coming to Dorney
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Dorney Park for installation of two new rides for its 2017 project.
Park representative Brad Nesland reported a 20-unit bumper car ride will be re-established in the park after an absence of some years.
He said, during the commissioners Jan. 18 meeting, park patrons have been requesting the attraction.
The other feature will be Kaleidoscope, a circular spinning ride constructed of three arms with seven gondolas.
These tow rides will be built in spaces formerly occupied by Hangtime and the Screamin’ Swing, which have been removed.
Any increase in impervious surface from new concrete walkways and paved access paths will be offset by removal of impervious cover at other sites within the park.
“No increase in impervious surface makes it much easier for stormwater review,” township Engineer Ralph Russek Jr. said.
The project will take about 2 acres within the interior of the 187-acre park and is not expected to disturb residential properties.
No zoning relief was necessary for the proposed work, and the planning commission recommended conditional approval.
In other business, Parks and Recreation Manager Randy Cope reported a grant of $292,366 was received recently to complete the township’s $500,000 request for funding of the Jordan Creek Greenway.
The money comes from the Transportation Alternative Program through PennDOT.
The township had received $257,634 previously, making the trail fully funded from Wehr’s Dam Covered Bridge to Route 309, explained Cope.
He noted plans are ready for the start of Phase I, the pedestrian bridge, in the spring.
“This is a huge step forward for us and a step down the right path,” Cope said.