MIDLAND BEACH — Staten Island's first amusement park in decades will have their grand opening this weekend.
The Fantasy Shore children's amusement park, at 700 Father Capodanno Blvd. in Midland Beach, opens their doors starting on Friday with four rides, including the borough's only roller coaster the Verrazano Viper.
“Fantasy Shore is an amusement park geared towards families with children,” said Ami Abramson, one of NY Carousel’s directors. “We want to be part of their day."
Aside from the coaster, the park also has a children's freefall ride Midland Beach Pro Tow, the Teaside Seacup teacup ride and the Staten Island Railroad train ride, Abramson said.
The park, suitable for children up to 12 years old, will be open every day until Labor Day, Abramson said. It will have free entrance, with tickets costing $1 and all rides needing 3 to 4 tickets, according to their website.
NY Carousel plans to spend this year working on making the park run smoothly, and plans to install another ride in it by 2015.
“We will spend this summer concentrating on perfecting operations and improving the site," said David Galst, managing director of NY Carousel. "For 2015 we anticipate installing another new attraction to celebrate our first year of operation."