Keansburg Amusement Park, the oldest amusement park in New Jersey, is open for business! Keansburg was one of the hardest hit shore towns when Hurricane Sandy hit back in October. Scenes of flooded roads, destroyed rides and arcade games in the street were all over the news. However, the Jersey Strong attitude took hold in the small shore town and we were thrilled to see the amusement park is now operating and well on its way to recovery.
We took a ride to Keansburg on Saturday to check on the progress. Many amusement rides were operating and many more were being worked on. Some, like the teacup ride, were freshly painted and looked fantastic! Several food stands were opened and friendly workers were manning many of the games of chance. In fact I lost some money on the wheels as I am a sucker for the spinning arrow. Managers in white shirts were running back and forth helping where needed. Trainers were schooling the younger employees on some of the games and in the food stands. Everyone we came across was very friendly and upbeat.
Everything we saw led us to believe that Keansburg is bouncing back in a big way.
Some prizes are already lined up and ready to win.
More toys are getting ready to be hung up and won by a lucky player.
Here’s the Mini Himalaya getting ready for the season.
Kate’s Place looks brand new and beautiful. Can’t wait for a hot dog and some fried oreos!
The go-carts are ready and waiting for some family fun.
Here’s Alice’s favorite ride, the Tilt-a-Whirl. It wasn’t up and running quite yet but it was getting worked on and looked about ready to go. Can’t wait!
These signs are indicative of the atmosphere throughout the boardwalk this weekend. Not only are businesses rebuilding, they’re making everything bigger and better.
Here’s a worker getting a quick Super Slide in.
On our way out, Alice stopped in to see Cathy, the boardwalk palm reader. She says that she saw only great things happening for Keansburg because they are a family and all of them are excited to be coming back!
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