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Six Flags New England retires roller coaster

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An iconic ride at Six Flags New England will be retired. The wooden roller coaster known as the Cyclone has been at the park for decades. 

The ride has been a staple for the theme park since 1983, when the property was known as Riverside Park. The model for the coaster was based off a design from Coney Island in New York. 

"Here in the theme park it's very bittersweet, we love Cyclone we are a true fan of it, but at this point in time we're looking at new ways to evolve and innovate here at Six Flags," said Jennifer McGrath, Six Flags communications manager. 

The 31-year-old coaster will officially close on July 20. Riders were shocked to find out their favorite attraction will be closing down, and many experienced the thrill for the last time. 

Jennifer Delskey grew up minutes from the theme park, and says she was 10 years old when she first road the Cyclone.

"It was my dream to go on when I got tall enough and then I got to go on, and now I'm bringing my niece and my nephews, and my own kids, so it's really cool," said Delskey. 

The coaster reaches speeds of 55 miles per hour with over 3,000 feet of track. Roller coaster enthusiasts like Darrell Udas said he's road the cyclone over 100 times since he was 7 years old. But, he's ready for something new.

"It would be nice to see something else take its place or change the track up or something like that, I don't know what the plan is for the future," said Darrell Udas.

Before the coaster closes for good, the park will offer a special deal for season pass holders, to experience the last ride for the public. 

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