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After Sandy

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Against all odds, an iconic amusement park comes back to life.

It may seem like all fun and games at the Keansburg Amusement Park, but its newly improved facilities were not an easy upgrade. After Sandy destroyed a majority of the attractions and the spirits of its owners, many feared that their beloved amusement park would not be rebuilt. Real estate developers eagerly eyed the land, which was thought to be prime space for condominiums. But the owners of the park -- brothers Hank and William Gelhaus -- were resolute: they were going to rebuild Keansburg Amusement Park no matter what it took.

The Gelhauses worked seven days a week for the next six months, with the goal of opening the park before the start of the summer season. On May 18th, their dreams came to fruition, as the park celebrated its official reopening. Although the rebuilding was only 85 percent complete, the amusement park was back, and it was better than ever. All except for one of the park’s 36 rides were restored, and several more were replaced with new, more exciting rides such as a looping roller coaster and bumper cars imported from Italy.

Additionally, the park has been rebuilt with an eye toward the future and the possibility of more natural disasters. It now has concrete walkways, sturdy decking, and fortified housings for electrical systems.

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