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Bricktown Flyer may already be grounded

Proposed amusement ride finds little support among officials.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 10, 2014

Petroleum landman Brandon Arthur may end up looking for a new site for his proposed 220-foot “Star Flyer” after being told by the Bricktown Urban Design Committee the amusement ride is a bad fit for the historic warehouse district.

Arthur has yet to apply to the city for permission to build the amusement ride, but did share his plans with the committee Wednesday at their meeting. The $2.5 million tower would include a dozen two-passenger cars and potentially an observation deck and would be twice the height of any structure in the district.

Arthur said he sought to complement amusements already in the area, including the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Kingpin Bowling Lanes, Harkins Theaters and the Brickopolis entertainment complex currently under construction.

“I wanted to cater to family entertainment,” Arthur said. “When I was down there, I saw families, I saw children. I just want to add to what is already there.”

Arthur said he would provide full-time security for the ride throughout the year and it would likely operate up to 10 months a year. He said only nine of the rides exist in the United States, most of which are at amusement parks.

“I believe this would draw more people to Bricktown,” Arthur said. “It would draw people off of I-40. I could see T-shirt sales where a kid from Toledo buys a shirt saying ‘I rode the Bricktown Flyer.’”

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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