Summers in Central New York are often associated with Sylvan Beach. But other than the beach, the rides at the amusement park have been a huge part of the success of the area--making it a family friendly vacation destination is part of its draw. But for the second time the opening of the amusement park has been delayed. And by the time it opens, the summer season will be nearly halfway through.
“My first roller coaster was this little roller coaster when I was six years old and I was actually surprised when I came here this year and it wasn't open, says Daniel Leon, of Utica.
The Sylvan Beach amusement park is a staple of this Central New York summer destination.
According to our colleagues at the Utica O-D, the park will not open until July 4. This is the second time it’s been delayed. Usually opening on Memorial Day...it was set to open on June 28. But the owner of Empire Attractions that operates the park said that was “too tight of a deadline.”
But regardless of when it will open, some are worried that it still isn't open. They say that this amusement park is a big draw for a lot of people that come here.
“Without this, I think this is completely dead. Because half of the people come here with families so what are they going to do. All the kids want rides and so on and so forth,” says Nicholas Zegarelli, of Utica.
The Yesterday's Royal restaurant will also delay opening until the July 4. And for some who have to Sylvan Beach for years, they say they're hoping the delay won't hurt too much.
“It may be hurting the economy of the town a little bit. But I notice people come here and enjoy the beach,” says Norm Knapp, of Utica.
Eyewitness News reached out to the owner of the historic carousel here in Sylvan Beach but she said they have no comment about the amusement park at this time. But the people who live here and vacation here say they hope that the beauty of the beach is enough to sustain the economy this season.