Ride the sub­ma­rine

Shin­ing Wa­ters Fam­ily Fun Park in Cavendish adding new rides, cre­at­ing more jobs in ex­pan­sion

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Shin­ing Wa­ters Fam­ily Fun Park in Cavendish adding new rides, jobs

Un­der­sea ad­ven­tures are com­ing to Shin­ing Wa­ters Fam­ily Fun Park in Cavendish.

One of the many rides Mar­itime Fun Group pur­chased from Crys­tal Palace in Monc­ton last year — the Crazy Sub­ma­rine — should be open to the public some­time next week.

Mean­while, the Buc­ca­neer Bay Bullet roller-coaster, also from Crys­tal Palace, should be soar­ing above the grounds at Shin­ing Wa­ters in time for the 2016 sum­mer sea­son.

Mar­itime Fun Group, which owns and op­er­ates Shin­ing Wa­ters and Sand­spit in Cavendish, re­ceived $300,000 in re­payable fi­nanc­ing from the P.E.I. gov­ern­ment to aug­ment the ex­pan­sion and en­hance­ment projects. That means gov­ern­ment will get the money back.

Matthew Jel­ley, pres­i­dent of Mar­itime Fun Group, said the work also in­volves build­ing a year-round main­te­nance fa­cil­ity on site and more jobs.

“We’re go­ing to be ex­tend­ing some po­si­tions and adding year-round po­si­tions,’’ Jel­ley told The Guardian. “It’s go­ing to al­low us to do much more than pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble.’’

It’s hard to pro­vide ex­act num­bers right now, but Jel­ley es­ti­mates it will cre­ate at least two full-time jobs and an ad­di­tional 15 to 20 sea­sonal jobs.

The walls for the main­te­nance fa­cil­ity are al­ready up. When it’s fin­ished, it will play an in­te­gral role in as­sem­bling the roller-coaster.

That train-style coaster will slide along the track 27 feet above the ground and will en­cir­cle much of the park. It will also in­volve in­stalling 53 beams in the ground to sup­port the en­tire struc­ture.

“We’ll start haul­ing in pieces of the roller-coaster by Au­gust and prep­ping them in our main­te­nance area. When the park closes in Septem­ber, the Pi­rate Ship and some other things are go­ing to be hauled out of the way so we can start dig­ging foun­da­tion.’’

Ev­ery­thing will be put back and ready to go hope­fully by the time the 2016 sea­son rolls around.

It’s been quite a year of ex­pan­sion for Mar­itime Fun Group, which has al­ready pur­chased at­trac­tions in Cavendish such as Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not!, Wax World of the Stars and Mariner’s Cove Minia­ture Golf. The group also opened a new ar­cade on the Sunset Board­walk.

Two years ago, the group opened the large swimming pool at Shin­ing Wa­ters.

“For us, this is another in­vest­ment in Cavendish.’’

There are no im­me­di­ate plans for changes to Sand­spit. One of the chal­lenges there is that it’s sur­rounded by the Na­tional Park, leav­ing lit­tle room to ex­pand.

“We have to get pretty cre­ative. I would think over the next cou­ple of years we’ll see some ad­di­tions there and try to bring in some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.’’

GUARDIAN PHOTO

Matthew Jel­ley, pres­i­dent of Mar­itime Fun Group, checks out the Crazy Sub­ma­rine at Shin­ing Wa­ters Fam­ily Fun Park in Cavendish. Mar­itime Fun Group, which owns and op­er­ates the park, will also be putting in a new roller­coaster in time for the 2016 sea­son. Both rides were pur­chased from Crys­tal Palace, which closed last year.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This is an artist’s conception of how the Buc­ca­neer Bay Bullet roller-coaster will fit in at Shin­ing Wa­ters Fam­ily Fun Park in Cavendish when it opens for the 2016 sea­son.

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