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The old coaster at Oaks Park was pretty good; riders say the new one really ups the ante

DAVID F. ASHTON - The new Oaks Amusement Park attraction, the German-made Adrenaline Peak roller coaster, will be giving riders thrills all summer long. As promised, the new "Adrenaline Peak" roller coaster opened at historic Oaks Amusement Park on the last weekend in March, just in time for Spring Break.

Drizzle dampened crowds on opening day, but when the sun came out on March 30, the Oaks' ticket offices were swamped with folks coming to enjoy the brand new ride, and all of the attractions at the park.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Cresting the 72-foot first drop, these riders on the new Oaks Park Adrenaline Peak roller coaster look thrilled already. Or is that fear. Jeanni Crane and Scott Cage were two of the riders. "I really like rides like this, and it's amazing!" said Crane. "Rode it the second time because it was so much fun the first!" exclaimed Cage.

Others excitedly commented on the thrilling sensation of being pulled backward on the initial drop, and others remarked on the loop; but it was riding through the helical inversion that startled many riders, we learned.

Up you're up for a helical inversion yourself, find out more about the brand new roller coaster as well as other features at nonprofit Oaks Park – now the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the country – at their website, www.oakspark.com

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