New 'over-the-top' thrill ride constructed at Oaks Amusement Park
It looked like a well-choreographed ballet of burly men and massive machines – as riggers and contractors from WBF Construction began assembling the new thrill ride, "Atmos-FEAR", at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 and 8.
With massive cranes parked and braced along the midway – and major parts laid out on the ride's pad – workers began hoisting, bolting, and building this major attraction which weighs in at 116,160 lbs. That's 58 tons!
The first day, the largest crane at the site lifted and dangled the pendulum, the part that will swing in the exact center of where the ride was being constructed. Then, one by one, crews lifted and set into place each of the four legs, bolted to the pendulum mechanics above, and to the reinforced pads below.
On day two, crews installed the "gondola" – actually, a circle of outward-facing seats – to the bottom of the pendulum, attached the counterweight atop the ride, and installed the signs and maintenance platforms.
Watch it being built!To see our exclusive time-lapse movie of the AtmosFEAR being put together from the ground up, go online – www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYq39nlhwy0
Having test-ridden a similar model of the 75-foot tall ride at another theme park before authorizing its purchase, Oaks Park Association CEO Brandon Roben described his experience of the 360° "over the top" mode for THE BEE in one word: "Terrifying!"
"But, our guess is that, most of the time, it will operate in the 180° mode, which will still offer a very thrilling experience," commented Roben.
The Oregon Zoo, along with other select indoor and outdoor entertainment such as museums, outdoor gardens, drive-in theaters, and raceways, received statewide authorization to reopen in early June, regardless of what reopening phase the county each was located was then designated for.
"But, all other indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, like Oaks Park, must now wait until 'Phase 2' to reopen," Roben explained. "Once Multnomah County moves into 'Phase 2', we do anticipate reopening shortly thereafter."
To keep an eye on their progress, check the park's website – www.OaksPark.com
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