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Gallery Updated: November 10, 2010

ACE Day at Silverwood 2008

Coaster's 50th Birthday Event
ACE 2001 Regional Event

Coaster Thrill Ride
Rebuild Project (Summer 2011)
Rebuild Project (November 7, 2010)
Puyallup Coaster's 75th Birthday
Lisa on Puyallup Coaster (July, 2010)
Spring Fair 2010
September Fair 2009
Rebuild Project (October, 2009)
Rebuild Project (September, 2009)
Rebuild Project (August, 2009)
Rebuild Project (July, 2009)
Rebuild Project (June, 2009)
Rebuild Project (April-May, 2009)
Puyallup Spring Fair 2009
Puyallup Spring Fair 2006
ACE 2004 Summer Conference
Puyallup Spring 2003
Puyallup Spring Fair 2001

ACE Day at Silverwood 2008

Riverfront Park 2008

Puyallup Spring Fair 2009

Monster Mouse
Puyallup Spring Fair 2009
Puyallup September Fair 2003
Puyallup Spring Fair 2003

POV Onboard July 2010
Opening year Summer 2003

Timber Terror
Coaster Alley Convergence 2005
Summer 2003
Summer 2002 and 1999

Tiny Toot
Coaster Alley Convergence 2005

Coaster Alley Convergence 2005
ACE Summer Conference 2001
Tremors opening year 1999

ACE Summer Conference 2004
Puyallup Fair 2003

Evergreen State Fair 2005

Coaster ~ ACE 2001 Regional Event

Coaster at ACE event 2001 Inside Coaster
Coaster's third hill Twists and turns inside Coaster
Famous Phare turn Climb up the lift hill

The following photos were taken of the wooden Coaster at Playland in Vancouver, BC, at a regional ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) event.

Before Playland was built, the PNE had another amusement park called Happyland. This park operated from 1926 to 1957. Due to low patronage and dwindling revenues, PNE decided to close Happyland after its 1957 season. The fair board also wanted to see something more modern built that would suit future patrons needs. So, a new park was constructed.

Playland was built in 1958 by Burrard Amusements Ltd. which was founded and co-owned by Robert Bollinger, Denver Burtenshaw and Gerald Mackey. According to Bollinger's widow, Diane Bollinger, "Originally, there were to be five partners; however, the two Canadian Businessmen were unable to get financial backing for the venture. One of these men did accept a management position with Playland."

Carl Phare designed the wooden coaster and Walker LeRoy, Bollinger's ride superintendent, was in charge of its construction. In 1978, Bollinger sold Playland to the PNE. After this, Burrard Amusements Ltd. was no more.

In the last 30 years, Playland has remained an important and popular staple as the Northwest's last operating city amusement park with a running wooden roller coaster. In fact, many coaster fans from all over the world will make a trek to Canada to just to ride Coaster. Some have told me that though it's not as big as other classic coaster such as the Coney Island Cyclone, it's much more intense and thrilling to ride. This says a lot about the park, the coaster, the man who designed it and the men who helped built it.

* - for more info about Playland and Robert Bollinger's involvement.