The councilwoman wants it to be placed near the Queen Mary ship or the city's Aquarium of the Pacific.
“I’d like to see private investors work their magic and create a tourism opportunity just as Flugtag and the Grand Prix have done,” Schipske said.
"Creation of attractions and unique concepts like bringing back an iconic landmark like the Cyclone Racer or creating a park on an abandoned overpass help to draw tourists to our city, creating more jobs and tourism dollars," she added.
Schipske says she has reviewed an idea from Cyclone Racer project designer Larry Osterhoudt to re-create the Silver Spray Pier and the Cyclone Racer with a construction he has named “The World’s Greatest Ride."
He has released Google Earth maps outlining potential locations for this 2.5 acre project: adjacent to the Lighthouse south of the Aquarium or by the Queen Mary. Osterhoudt has indicated that he has secured investors for this project.
“Long Beach has failed to seize many economic opportunities offered in the past years, including: Port Disney, Tesla Motors and the porting of the U.S.S. Iowa,” reminds Schipske.
“Bringing back a cyclone roller coaster could potentially revitalize the Queensway Bay development and provide additional synergy for the Aquarium, Shoreline Village and Pine Avenue establishments. We need to check this out.”
In 1907, Long Beach got its first roller coaster, followed in 1915 with the opening of the Jackrabbit Racer near the foot of Cedar Avenue adjacent to the area known as Silver Spray Pier. The roller coaster extended over the ocean.
Always the competitor with Coney Island amusements in Brooklyn, N.Y. which introduced the iconic, wooden Cyclone coaster in 1927, Long Beach got its own Cyclone Racer in 1930.
Thousands flocked to this wooden dual-track roller coaster, built on wood pilings over the ocean. It was considered the largest and fastest in the country.
The ride was called “racer” because there were two cars on two separate tracks that raced each other. It is estimated that by the time the Cyclone Racer was closed in 1968, more than 30 million had taken rides on it.
“Ironically, the Economic Development Corporation of New York has just announced it is rebuilding the ‘Thunderbolt’ roller coaster on Coney Island as a way to help bring Coney Island back to being one of the top tourist destinations in the world,” adds Schipske. “We can’t let Coney Island out do us.”