GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An effort to bring Elvis Presley’s favorite ride to Green Bay is one step closer.
Door County resident Doug McGee has given a $100,000 contribution to the Zippin Pippin fundraising effort.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt joined McGee and others Wednesday during groundbreaking ceremonies.
It is a recreation of a historic wooden roller coaster that operated for many years in Memphis, Tenn., and was renowned as Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.
To obtain the Zippin Pippin rights and build a replica, the city is borrowing $2.4 million and trying to raise $600,000 in private donations. Schmitt told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that donations have totaled $255,000 so far, including McGee’s contribution.
The grand opening is expected next May.
Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com