A long standing family tradition here in Bay County is again up and running, in a new location. Miracle Strip Park had it's grand re-opening earlier Saturday and a line of anxious adrenaline seekers waited for the gates to open. The amusement park originally moved to Pier Park in 2009, but opened in it's new location Saturday and people are just happy the fun is back.
"I think a lot of people were sad when Miracle Strip closed so re-opening of this park is a great thing for people that grew up here as young children and being able to bring their children here and experiencing it all again through their children's eyes, I think it's going to be a really wonderful thing for our area", said resident Laurie Olshefski.
Miracle Strip Park has been a family tradition in Bay County for more than 40 years. The amusement park used to be next to Shipwreck Island Waterpark but closed in 2004. With a new owner, Miracle Strip was re-born and the park moved to its new home in Pier Park. Now...the park sits on 14 acres of land off powell adams road. Park goers can find some of the much loved rides from the former Miracle Strip Amusement Park and also some food vendors. Combining old traditions with a new look is something Bay County residents are excited about.
Olshefski said, "before it was on a concrete surface with not a lot of trees around and it think it has a more natural appeal so I really like that...we live about 5 minutes away and we just bought an annual pass so my kids are going to enjoy it all summer and into the fall."
It doesn't cost anything to get into the park, only to ride to the rides.