City officials from Green Bay, Wisconsin have signed a nearly $2 million contract with Martin & Vleminckx Rides LLC of Mont-Royal, Quebec to oversee design and construction of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. The rebuild of the historic wooden roller coaster is scheduled to open in May 2011 at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Martin & Vleminckx will provide engineering and design work, acquire all lumber and other raw materials, fabricate the wooden coaster frame, and supervise all construction. Last month Bay Beach acquired the name, design and configuration of the roller coaster from the former Libertyland Amusement Park in Memphis, Tennessee. Very little of the ride was salvageable, but ACE hopes that some part of the original ride will be incorporated into the rebuild. Martin & Vleminckx has already acquired hardware from the now defunct Thunder Eagle roller coaster which was built in 2000 for Race World in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That coaster operated for one and a half seasons before the park closed. It was disassembled a few years later and was placed in storage. Both coasters have the same lift hill size, so much of the hardware should be compatible with the new coaster. Purchasing and refurbishing used hardware will save the city thousands of dollars.
Bay Beach is a city-owned and operated amusement park that can trace its roots back to 1892. It has been home to two roller coasters, an unnamed coaster which operated from 1901 to 1928, and Greyhound which operated from 1929 to 1936. It is currently home to over 15 rides ranging from children's rides to bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and carousel.