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March 22, 2013

Canobie Lake Park seeks more parking

SALEM — Big things are happening at Canobie Lake Park.

When guests come to the 111-year-old amusement park this year, they may see a few major changes.

First, as they pull onto North Policy Street, they will see a new ride — The Equinox — twisting and twirling in midair.

Then, when they get ready to park, they may find there’s a lot more spaces available than in the past.

That’s because park representatives are scheduled to go before the town Planning Board on Tuesday to present plans for 350 additional parking spaces, according to Salem planning director Ross Moldoff.

The board, which meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, will hold a public hearing on the proposal to expand parking at 75, 79 and 85 N. Policy St., Moldoff said.

If approved, the number of parking spaces would be increased to 2,577, he said. Two homes at 75 and 79 N. Policy, both small lots, would be razed to provide parking, Moldoff said.

Canobie purchased the lots 15 to 20 years ago and would welcome more parking, park spokesman Chris Nicoli said.

Thousands of people visit the park on a typical summer day, so shuttle buses are used to transport visitors to and from Canobie, he said.

“We currently utilize one large off-site parking area on days we anticipate the need, but are excited that this project will reduce that need,” he said.

Nicoli said Canobie has also been working to improve traffic flow outside the park. No other expansion projects are in the works, he said.

Anyone who hasn’t been to the park since last summer will see The Equinox, which arrived at Canobie in October with only five days left in the season.

The attraction features three large mechanical arms that lift riders 75 feet into the sky while spinning and swinging at the same time.

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