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NYCEDC Signs for New Coney Island Amusement Park. Photo © Bruce Handy/Pablo 57 via flickr

NYCEDC Signs for New Coney Island Amusement Park on the former Astroland. Photo © Bruce Handy/Pablo 57 via flickr

Visitors who stroll along the Boardwalk will no longer have to ask when the new and revitalized Coney Island will officially get underway. On Tuesday, NYCEDC signs went up on the City’s property in Coney Island heralding the brand-new amusement park set to open in phases this summer and next. Photographer and Coney Island resident Bruce Handy ventured out into Wednesday’s blizzard to take the first photos of the signs on the former Astroland’s Boardwalk Gate and Stillwell properties. You can view Bruce’s snowy day in Coney flickr set here.

The Economic Development Corporation’s sign says “The Coney Island Amusement Park Project involves construction of an amusement park on three properties in Coney Island totaling approximately 6.5 acres. The project includes abatement, demolition, site cleaning, utility and subsurface work, landscaping, and the installation of footings, foundation and rides for a new amusement, a first phase of which will open on Parcel A (1000 Surf Avenue) in Summer 2010 and a second phase of which will open on Parcels B and C (Stillwell) by Summer 2011.”

B and C by Summer 2011? We realize there’s lots of work to be done within a short time frame, but hope to see some interim programming on Parcels B and C this summer. The fact that workers were observed there on Tuesday doing soil sample boring and making red markings on the pavement makes us feel optimistic. We’re told the markings are for Con Edison to increase the size of the wiring. It’s all those lights for the new Luna Park, y’know!

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