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Bay Beach looks to reel in the Sea Dragon for newest ride


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The city of Green Bay is looking at adding another ride to Bay Beach Amusement Park. 

The city is in talks with a ride operator on the east coast for a classic swinging ship ride called the Sea Dragon. 

The ride is more than two decades old and would cost the park around $670,000. 

The ride holds around 50 people and park and recreation officials hope to have the ride up and running for the 2014 season.  However, arrival could be near the end of the of 2013 season. 

Ridership on the Sea Dragon is estimated between 300,000 and 350,000 in the first year. 

The ride would be paid for by the proceeds from Bay Beach, which has gained national attention and local fanfare since Zippin Pippin roller coaster was added in 2011.

The roller coaster was supposedly Elvis Presley’s favorite ride. 

Ridership during the first season of the Zippin Pippin was nearly 460,000.  The ride helped the park double total ridership and revenues across the park. 

Park officials also unveiled a new $11 million master plan for Bay Beach Wednesday night at the Park Committee meeting. 

Depending on park revenue generated and the fundraising efforts of the new established Friends of Bay Beach, there would be park improvements and a new ride every couple years for the next ten years.

Park officials say a vast majority of the 18 rides now go in circles but will look at rides go in other directions. 

City officials say the master plan timetable is now around 10 to 15 years instead of 25 years out because of the efforts of Friends of Bay Beach, which is pledging to raise $5 million for the amusement park.

Parks Director Dawne Cramer says the goal in all of this is to maintain ticket prices at 25 cents a piece.