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Could rides and games return to Carolina Beach Boardwalk?

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It’s been more than ten years since an amusement park lit up the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, but if all goes according to plan, Ferris-wheels and tilt-a-whirls could once again find a home along the shore.

Rides and midway games used to line the shores of Carolina Beach, however hotels and retail shops have replaced them.

“Sometimes it takes that kind of amusement stuff to make you happy,” said Mayor Joel Macon.

Two years ago, some local business owners almost succeed in bringing the carnival atmosphere back to the boardwalk. This summer carnival rides could find a home among a miniature golf course, a summer concert stage, and a revitalized boardwalk.

The amusement park will include up to 15 temporary rides and will help the town decide if it should install a park permanently.

Carolina Beach residents and visitors both say they’ve seen drastic improvements in the boardwalk, but say an amusement park could be just the thing to help the beach appeal to the younger crowd.

“I think it would be great, there’s nothing for anyone down here to do, as in children wise. I think it would bring a whole lot more business down here,” said CB visitor Angel Cook.

Plans for the park will be reviewed twice in the middle of April.

If everything works out, a small-scale amusement park could open its doors in May.
The Town Technical Review Committee reviewed plans for the park on Monday.

Carolina Beach Planning Commission and Town Council will look at the plans in the middle of April.

Everyone we spoke with said they support bringing amusements back to the boardwalk.

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videoIt’s been more than ten years since an amusement park lit up the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, but if all goes according to plan, Ferris-wheels and tilt-a-whirls could once again find a home along the shore.

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