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PW-JUL19-16-News.qxp_News 15/07/2019 15:51 Page 16


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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to be powered 100% by renewable energy


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lenwood Springs, Colorado, has joined an elite group as it becomes the seventh city in the U.S. to be powered by all renewable


energy. The city is now purchasing all of Glenwood Springs Electric’s electricity from clean wind power from the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN). As a result, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is now fully powered by renewable energy. Long a leader in sustainable energy, Glenwood


Springs has been offering and promoting energy efficiency with its residents and businesses by offering rebates since 2009. The City is a founding partner of Garfield Clean Energy, a county-wide government collaborative working on clean energy across the County. Glenwood Springs has been 35% renewable on the electric grid since 2013. Now all electricity provided by the City of Glenwood Springs is


renewable. According to MEAN, switching to 100%


wind saves the environment 77,156 tons of CO2 emission that the City of Glenwood Springs would have “created” using MEAN fossil fuel plants to generate power. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which is well-


known for its cave tours and over-the-top extreme thrill rides, was one the first businesses in Glenwood Springs to take advantage of Garfield Clean Energy and City of Glenwood efficiency rebates and install LED lighting within the caves, an innovative project that garnered statewide publicity. There were multiple benefits. In addition to cost effectiveness and sustainability, the LED bulbs put off less heat, which makes it easier to keep the 54 unique species residing in the cave alive. They also last longer, which means less servicing to change bulbs


in the fragile environment. The City’s switch to all renewable makes Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park one of the first amusement


Six Flags and Atari partner to add attractions to RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch


Six Flags Entertainment and Atari have entered a licensing partnership that will feature real-world Six Flags content in the RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch mobile game. The Six Flags content will include the company’s world record-breaking roller coasters and attractions, plus its popular restaurants, retail stores, and signature landmarks. The selected properties will serve as special content for RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch players, giving them the unique opportunity to design and manage their own theme parks via their mobile devices. “We are thrilled to partner with


Atari on this carefully curated and very special in-game content,” said Six Flags President of International Development David McKillips. “Our strategy of extending the Six Flags brand, virtually in RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, and with our branded theme park destinations worldwide, is very exciting. This platform is a great way to offer


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theme park and gaming fans the ability to interact with the world’s largest and most well-known regional theme park brand, taking the experience anywhere, anytime.” “When you think of amazing theme


parks and incredible rides, Six Flags immediately comes to mind,” said Tony Chien, Vice President of Marketing, Atari. “Atari could not be more excited to collaborate with Six Flags to bring together the world’s best known regional theme park brand and


RollerCoaster Tycoon, the world’s most popular theme park simulation series.” The partnership includes several


instalments of additional Six Flags branded assets delivered as periodic content updates, as well as promotion across Six Flags’ in-park Media Networks and via both companies’ social channels throughout North America. RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is available now on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Android devices.


parks in the nation to use 100% renewable electricity, a move that makes owner Steve Beckley proud. “Our business is centred on nature-based adventure, so protecting the environment and natural resources has been our primary goal since we gave our first cave tour in May 1999,” explained Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “We are really pleased to be one of the first theme parks in the U.S. to have all of its electricity provided from renewable sources. Sustainable tourism is an important issue these days, and this move is a huge step in the right direction for Glenwood Springs as a whole.” Located at the confluence of the Colorado and


Roaring Fork Rivers, the historic resort town of Glenwood Springs is midway between Aspen and Vail in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Accolades abound for this city with an elevation of 5,746 feet and a population just under 10,000.


Supergirl: Sky Flyer takes off at Six Flags St. Louis


Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri, has introduced the all-new Supergirl: Sky Flyer. An Endeavour by Zamperla, this massive, whirling wheel raises riders nearly seven stories into the air, and then launches them into a high-speed spin…round and round… higher and higher. Thrill-seeking fans spin and tilt, with feet dangling from the open-air ski-lift style seats of this new attraction. “The new Supergirl: Sky Flyer leads


the way for the 2019 season with breathtaking, high-energy thrills,” said Park President Phil Liggett. “Every year our guests, members and season pass holders count on us to bring new and innovative experiences and we’re excited to have another winner for them to enjoy.”


On Supergirl: Sky Flyer, guests fly


in open air capsules with feet dangling free as the aero-dynamic, super-sized wheel first begins to spin horizontally, then a giant arm lifts and tilts the wheel to a vertical position as the high-speed rotations continue. 24 riders will repeatedly soar to a maximum spinning height of 67 feet (20 m) in the air.


Richard Zayas-Bazan promoted to president of Betson Imperial Parts & Service


Richard Zayas-Bazan has been promoted to President of Betson Imperial Parts & Service Company. In this role, he will oversee full operations of this key and growing division of Betson Enterprises. Zayas-Bazan has spent the past 22 years with the company in progressive roles, most recently as vice president of the division, where he has has built a reputation within the industry as an


insightful strategic thinker with a track record of delivering consistent, profitable growth. Zayas-Bazan joined Betson in 1997 as a customer service representative.


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