Rides will soon be returning to the Seaside Heights boardwalk, according to Casino Pier management.
A Monday posting on the Casino Pier Facebook page noted that rides are still being placed and an opening date is forthcoming.
JSHN contributor Jackie Susan, who snapped this photo today, commented that with each day, the pier “is looking better and better.”
The reopening of rides will be a happy sight on the boardwalk, as with Funtown Pier closed this summer, the closest option is the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. Funtown Pier’s owner has said in published reports that the pier, which suffered severe damage, will be operational in 2014.
Many contributors have commented that the boardwalk is a very different experience without the sight and sound of the rides.
“We have been going to Seaside every couple weeks since May and it has a different feel to it then in the past. Quiet and a lot of adults,” JSHN contributor Kevin D. Hill commented.
Casino Pier suffered catastrophic damage during Superstorm Sandy, and the pier’s Jet Star, which fell into the ocean, became an international symbol of destruction
The reconstruction of the lower deck was completed in June, and crews have been working on servicing, delivering, and setting up rides since that time.
The removal and reconstruction of the upper deck is currently in its early stages and will continue through the summer until completion, according to pier management.
Justin Auciello is editor of JSHN, a content partner with NewsWorks.