NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– The kids are gone and the season is over but there’s still a lot of work to be done at Ocean Beach Park in New London.
Jason Chase is leading the crew whose job Friday is to remove all the cars from the Octopus ride.
Chase tells News 8, “basically anything that can get damaged over the winter we pack up put away and keep it protected.”
Thirteen rides have to be completely taken apart and put away for the winter. Only the roller coaster and water slide stay up.
Chase says, “we’ve done it in as little as three days. Sometimes it takes us two weeks.”
It’s an end of the season tradition and a sure sign summer at this popular New London beach is coming to an end.
Chase explains, “being this close to the seashore mother nature is really brutal on anything made of steel and every thing is made of steel.”
Their biggest challenge is keeping rust off these rides. This is the time of year the Action Amusements crew gets most of the maintenance done. A bitter sweet time for Chase. The quiet means no interruptions.
“But on the other side I miss the kids. All summer the kids just laughing and having a good time it’s really what makes all this worth it,” says Chase.
It’s why he comes back every season. This year they have one extra thing they need to do and that is take out the gold fish they put in the pool at the bumper boat ride at the beginning of summer.