NS: Atlantic Playland eager to see game plan approvedBobbi-Lynn Hall, Published on May 31, 2012

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The owners of the 15-acre family amusement park in Lucasville have applied to HRM for a development agreement with the hopes of expansion next year.
Atlantic Playland owner Lalainya Biasotti takes a break on May 27 to appreciate the results of her hard work. She and her staff have been busy cleaning up the pools and sprucing up the rides on the grounds of the amusement park located in Lucasville. Doors are set to open for the season on June 18.
   Atlantic Playland owner Lalainya Biasotti takes a break on May 27 to appreciate the results of her hard work. She and her staff have been busy cleaning up the pools and sprucing up the rides on the grounds of the amusement park located in Lucasville. Doors are set to open for the season on June 18.Atlantic Playland owner Lalainya Biasotti
Atlantic Playland owner Lalainya Biasotti takes a break on May 27 to appreciate the results of her hard work. She and her staff have been busy cleaning up the pools and sprucing up the rides on the grounds of the amusement park located in Lucasville. Doors are set to open for the season on June 18.
[LUCASVILLE, NS] — The owners of Atlantic Playland in Lucasville have applied to HRM for a development agreement with the hopes of expanding their amusement park next year.
On June 18 the gates will open at the 15-acre park located on the Lucasville Road in Lucasville. For Lalainya Biasotti this will be the second season as owner and operator of the family park.
“We’re working hard to get everything ready,” she said. “Let’s hope we keep having weather like this.”
Despite a wet summer Biasotti was happy with her first year running the park, and is looking forward to another great run. Her family and staff have been working hard getting the park ready and are proud of the changes they’ve made.
Biasotti purchased the 25-acre property in 2011. Currently it is taking up 15 of those 25 acres leaving plenty of room for expansion. Besides two water slides, the grounds currently include a canteen, mini-putt golf course, go-cart track, arcade, bumper cars, a ferris wheel, a tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats, a kids playland and other attractions.
This year Biasotti is happy with a park facelift. She’s hired a local artist to paint some murals and many of the buildings and existing rides have seen at least one new coat of paint. The carousel and the tilt-a-whirl are a big focus this year and are looking practically brand new, but when the development agreement is approved, she is looking forward to a full body park makeover.
“There is so much we want to do,” she said excitedly. “I’d like a scrambler and a giant slide and one of those sprinkler pads. We want to do at least one new thing every year.”
They are also looking to fix up the parking lot and of course the big dream is more water slides.
“It’s definitely what we want,” she said. “We have people coming up to us now asking us to put in more and we’d love to, but of course it all costs money.”
Biasotti is disappointed that she hasn’t had much support from tourism but is hopeful for the future.
“They say we’re not a tourist attraction,” she said. “But I’ve had calls from people at the airport who’ve picked up our flyers asking how to get to our park.”
There has already been a public hearing on the development application and according to Biasotti there was no negative feedback. According to the HRM website, staff are currently conducting an internal review of the proposal. Once a report is made there will be a recommendation on whether the application should be approved.
“It’s a long process,” said Biasotti. “But we’re feeling confident it will go through.”

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