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"The Legend" roller coaster in Arnolds Park gets a smoother ride

Crews are making some adjustments to "The Legend" roller coaster at Arnolds Park. Crews are making some adjustments to "The Legend" roller coaster at Arnolds Park.

For 86 years, the old wooden roller coaster ride at Arnolds Park has been delivering a fast, fun and bumpy ride. But operators say this spring, that's going to change.

"We do see a lot of folks from all over the country, and all over the world, that come to ride this roller coaster," Scott Pyle, General Manager of Arnolds Park in Lake Okoboji said.

Pyle is talking about "The Legend" roller coaster at Arnolds Park in Lake Okoboji. It's a widely known attraction in Northwestern Iowa. Pyle says they believe it's the 11th oldest coaster in the United States.

"'The Legend' roller coaster was originally built in 1927 and over the years, minor changes have been made to the roller coaster," Pyle said.

Dalton Nelson is a worker at the park. He's been coming here since he was a kid, and this coaster is one of his favorite rides.

"It's not a steel track so it's not as smooth, more bumps, it tosses you a little bit more, and that's what I like about it," Nelson said.

But the ride isn't broken. So why are crews changing it? Turns out, the ride was getting a little too bumpy for comfort.

"It needed work, it was really bumpy. I think it threw you around pretty good," Nelson said.

"We've been working with a company from Pennsylvania called Great Coaster International and they've kinda come in and done a survey to help us better understand what we need to do to make our coaster one of the best in the country," Pyle said.

Now, crews are making some adjustments in just the right places.

"The key element of the project is to increase the ride, make it smoother, a little bit faster coming down the point of no return and again just to ensure the life of the coaster and make it that much longer," Pyle said.

Come spring time, those big dips are going to be smoother. Pyle says the upgrades will also ensure the ride is safe.

"We plan to finish this project in early May, and it's just a continuation project to keep 'The Legend' here forever just like anything else if you take care of it, it will last forever," Pyle said.

"It's nice when the older generation comes up to me and tells me how much it reminds them of when they were a kid, now we can get that older generation back on this coaster without them having to go to the chiropractor the next day," said Nelson.

Arnolds Park is down for the season, but will open again this coming May.

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