Playland’s year No. 99 – Metro US

Playland’s year No. 99

There’s no surer sign that summer’s just around the corner than seeing Playland’s iconic wooden rollercoaster fire up its first ride of the season.

The amusement park — one of Vancouver’s most popular annual attractions — will open its doors for its 99th year on Saturday morning, and in the meantime, staff members are hard at work attending to finishing touches.

“This is a very busy week but it’s also an exciting week,” said Laura Ballance, communications director for Playland.

“Right now we’re doing last-minute stuff … Individual ride consultants are coming in to do inspections and they go over (rides) with a fine-tooth comb.”

Ballance said the highlight, as always, will be the wooden rollercoaster, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

“It is really a part of the fabric of this city,” she said, adding that it’s a pleasure to work in her office and hear shrieks and laughter all day.

“It’s a sign of summer, and certainly a tradition for generations (of Lower Mainlanders).”

• Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the opening day of Playland on Saturday.

• The park will be open on weekends and holidays until school is out for the summer, then will be open daily until the Labour Day weekend.

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