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Crews start dismantling Kennywood's Pitt Fall

| Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

The Pitt Fall drop tower ride at Kennywood amusement park is on its way down.

Construction crews began dismantling the 251-foot-high black-and-yellow tower Friday morning and plan to finish the job next week.

The ride was installed in the park in 1997. Kennywood put the tower on the market back in June and says it will soon make an announcement about what will replace it, probably next week.

Park spokesman Jeff Filicko said the teardown began a little ahead of schedule. He said the company taking down the tower, Maxim Crane Works, had indicated it could take all of Friday to set up for the job after arriving on site Thursday.

Some accommodations had to be made to get the cranes for the job into position, including the temporary removal of several park lamp posts.

Filicko said there are three prospective buyers interested in the Pitt Fall. Kennywood has confirmed that it is not being retained by any of the amusement parks owned by its parent company, Palace Entertainment.

Filicko said the park plans to replace the Pitt Fall with a new attraction that will at first appear "unassuming," but predicted the next ride's "height and dynamic are more impressive than you'd think."

Filicko said the park has received some unfavorable feedback for its decision to remove the tower but said it wasn't getting as much ridership as other rides.

Filicko said the park's new Holiday Lights seasonal celebration exceeded attendance expectations when it premiered last weekend. The holiday event continues today, tomorrow, Friday and Dec. 17 and 18, from 5-9 p.m.

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