EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 17, 2012

Salem board OKs new ride at Canobie

By Doug Ireland

---- — SALEM — Canobie Lake Park has been granted town approval for its newest attraction.

The Equinox — an amusement that spins and swings riders 75 feet up into the sky — will make its debut in October, according to park spokesman Chris Nicoli.

The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday to allow the park to operate the ride, town planner Ross Moldoff said.

“It was one of the quickest decisions,” Moldoff said. “There were no abutters there and no issues.”

The board considered whether there would be traffic or noise problems, but was satisfied with the park’s application, Moldoff said.

Nicoli was pleased.

“It went very well and we’re excited,” he said.

The mammoth-sized attraction is now being shipped by boat from London to New York. The goal is to open the ride early next month, before the park closes for the season Oct. 28, Nicoli said.

The Equinox replaces the Matterhorn, a longtime favorite at the park that was retired from use in 2008. A hot dog stand has occupied that spot.

There are 52 rides at the 110-year-old amusement park.