Planning Commissioners unanimously approved a planned baby boomer development permit to remove an existing children’s go-kart track and install three mechanical rides on the 4.3-acre site.
The Baby Boomers at 2250 N. Preisker Lane have applied for permission to set up the three rides – Jumpin ‘Star, Tea Cups and Miner Mike’s – southwest of the main arcade building.
“It sounds like a pretty exciting little thing here,” said Commissioner Tim Seifert.
Commissioner Maribel Hernandez, who volunteers with a youth-focused group, said they enjoy traveling with baby boomers, adding that she was delighted to hear about the park’s redevelopment plans.
“It gets boring, but it’s a fun little place for the kids to go. And for families, it’s one of the few things we have in town, so I want to thank you for that, ”she added.
All three rides will provide new entertainment for the company, which also has a miniature golf course, arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, adult karts and bumper cars.
The rides will be placed where there are picnic tables and a karting track for children.
“It’s not exciting for the kids anymore. It goes around in circles, so it’s not as fun as these three rides, ”said Navid Tayabi of Baby Boomer Family Amusement Parks, based in Irvine.
Planning Commissioners received their first glimpse of the proposal last month, but hesitated amid questions about the combined noise and lighting of the rides.
The tallest ride, Jumpin ‘Star, is 26 feet tall, but existing and future buildings near the site as well as mature trees would help hide the ride, city staff said.
“Residences and motorists on the highway would be fully protected from glare. The proposed project therefore meets all the standards of the municipal code of Santa Maria regarding glare, ”said Carol Ziesenhenne, associate town planner for the city.
A pair of 20 foot tall street lights on the kart track will be removed to accommodate the Jumpin ‘Star ride.
“The lighting level associated with the new rides is lower than the existing lighting conditions at the site,” Ziesenhenne said. “Therefore, the project will not result in any new lighting impact. “
The noise levels of the three rides would also not exceed existing levels at the site and comply with the city ordinance, Ziesenhenne added.