PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Kennywood is preparing to say goodbye to a popular attraction.
According to a press release, the Log Jammer will be retired when the summer season ends on Sept. 17.
“It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests’ experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites.”
Kennywood officials say while it is a sad decision, it’s time to move into the future.
“But, sometimes, in order to truly move towards the future, you have to leave some things behind,” said Nick Paradise, Kennywood’s director Of Public Relations. “It’s a 42-year-old ride; and from a structural standpoint, it really has outlived a lot of its life expectancy.”
Still, it’s not making it any easier for fans who are feeling nostalgic.
The news started circulating quickly on Twitter. One disappointed fan said, “This is that new Pittsburgh they’s talkin’ baht. Thunderbolt will be a self-drivin Uber before yinz know it.”
The Log Jammer opened on May 11, 1975, and was the park’s first million-dollar attraction.
Officials have not said what will replace the attraction, but they are “looking forward to exploring exciting new developments.”