The fastest wooden rollercoaster in Europe, the second tallest wooden coaster in the world. There was so much hype for Wildfire at Kolmården in Sweden, and it looks like an amazing ride, but it is a ride who’s future is uncertain. Kolmården is Scandinavia’s largest zoo and is family owned. In recent years, the park has began to add rides such as a family rollercoaster near the dolphinarium and, in 2014, announced the building of Wildfire, a huge RMC terrain hybrid rollercoaster and is set in the forested hills of the park.
After battling to get a permit for the ride to be built, the provincial government then repealed the decision, and the Land and Environmental court upheld that decision, leaving the ride in limbo, closed for operations and facing the possibility of demolition. Currently, the park is working with the City Planning board to apply for zoning, basically giving the area of land special status so that it doesn’t come under the general planning restrictions. That will then go before the Land and Environmental court to establish whether previous issues could be resolved. The issues could be noise related, affecting the wildlife at the zoo and local residents; a simple solution to this would be tunnels and noise shields like you can see on Goldstriker or Silver Star.
Solving Wildfire Zoning Concerns?
The general consensus is that the ride should not be demolished. Online petitions sprung up very quickly wanting to ‘save Wildfire’ and, while these have little sway with local government, the jobs that Wildfire has created and the added business to the area due to Wildfire’s huge success will be something the local politicians want to keep. It is a complicated situation, and more news will be coming out as the new zoning process is finalised and taken higher up through Swedish government. It’s a process that could take a couple of years to finalize a decision. Hopefully, the family-owned park will hold on and value their investment to stay and improve the fortunes of the park in the future because who knows what damage this could do to a park like Kolmården.