AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) –Some adults might not see themselves kicking their legs on a swing…but they could be doing just that in the near future. The “Star Flyer” is the proposed name for the swing that might take center stage at the park. Officials at Six Flags New England went before Agawam’s Zoning Board of Appeals last night for permission to build it. According to Jen Bonfiglio, the Zoning Board clerk, the park can build up to 200 feet in the air without needing a special permit, but the Star Flyer could stretch up 385 feet. With decorative signs, it might reach 400.
Six Flags is already home to Goliath, the world’s tallest inverted boomerang coaster, and that’s only 216 feet high. The Star Flyer is supposed to be a circular swing with 26 seats that will slowly rise and fall. It’s being touted as a low velocity ride, but when it comes to the noise, some Agawam neighbors have some mixed reactions about the possible addition of one of the world’s tallest swings. “It all depends on the noise situation. We’ll see what happens, and see where the noise pans out, if it’s next to my house, or if it’s going out the other way” said Gerry Piesz. “No i don’t think so. Typically I don’t hear it and I don’t pay attention to it” added Holly Bizon.
The park wouldn’t comment yet on the new ride, but Bonfiglio says the 3 zoning board members will get a look at the proposed location with park officials tomorrow morning.
Agawam residents will have a chance to give their opinions at a public hearing Monday night at the DPW. The zoning board will vote after the hearing.