Ocean City Today

Frontier Town to get new waterslide

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) Nearly 40 years to the day from when Frontier Town got its first Board of Zoning Appeals ruling that allowed the property to be used for the theme park, its representatives returned to get clearance to replace the waterslide with a taller version.

The existing slide is, by code, 45 feet tall, which is the height restriction for its zoning. The replacement slide, designed by a national vendor for the allotted space in the park, is 50 feet tall but will also include a canopy pushing the total height to 62 feet.

The extra height is to ensure the people starting at the top of the slide make it to the bottom at the proper rate of speed.

The replacement slide is fitted to the footprint of the existing slide so the work to install it can be limited to the single feature.

The canopy is to provide attendants some shade while they monitor the ride and riders. Some sections are expected to be transparent, and improved safety features such as red and green traffic lights to assist rider flow will be installed.

There was some discussion related to a number of conditions placed on the property as part of the 1977 ruling, some of which Zoning Administrator Jennifer Keener said were still technically applicable.

One condition was particularly worrisome to applicants and staff: a prohibition against amplified music.

At some point in the past, this feature was added to the park and had gone unnoticed.

However, the board, in granting the applicants’ request for a special exception, also deleted all of the previous conditions from the 1977 ruling, bringing the property into compliance.

Harold Decker, general manager of Frontier Town, said the hope was to have the new slide in place for next season, but the BZA action last Thursday was merely a step in the process.



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