Arnolds Park IA. Arnolds Park Amu***t Park "Legend Roller Coaster"
is undergoing some renovations. Work is underway to replace 575 linear
feet of track and catwalk, along with adding several concrete footings
just below the "Point of No Return".
A survey was completed by Great Coasters International, Inc., that
provided a profile of our coaster and what could be done to make it
one of the best (smoother) wooden coasters in the country. And with
the Legend reaching the ripe old age of 86 years, the Board of
Directors and staff at Arnolds Park had an additional, more pointed
survey completed. An additional evaluation was done on the 1,492 feet
of wooden track and the structure that supports it. During the survey
it was determined that the coaster is still in excellent shape as a
whole, but the overall ride quality would be greatly improved and the
speed would be increased if the "Point of No Return" drop were
reconfigured to a smoother more flowing angle. Along with that, the
bottom of the second drop could be raised slightly to improve ride
quality and allow for updated concrete footings as well as ease of
These changes will affect 1/3 of the total track length and will be
the first of four planned projects over the next several years. This
first phase will be completed prior to opening in the spring of 2013.
"We are looking forward to this improvement as we have been planning
some significant updates to the Legend for a few years," said Scott
Pyle, General Manager at Arnolds Park. "The cost of this project is
just over $250,000 and for us that is a big expense. Our staff and
Board have been working very hard planning and budgeting for this
"The Legend Roller Coaster is our #1 attraction, so we know our
visitors love it as much as we do. We are planning to continue with
more updates as we move into the future so she can thrill our guests
for another 86 years," said Di Lorenzen, Communications Manager.