Oaks Park roller coaster name winner ready for his 'adrenaline' rush
Clackamas Community College digital media communications student William Phillips will be one of the first to ride Oaks Amusement Park's new 1,050-foot-long "Adrenaline Peak" roller coaster when it opens in March.
Phillips named the new coaster that is expected to scream down the track at 45 miles an hour, climb to a 72-foot peak and have a 97-degree turn with a "Heartline roll."
The coaster opens March 24. Rides can be purchased for $9.50, or as part of Oaks Park's premier ride bracelet.
Oaks Park's previous roller coaster, the Looping Thunder, ended its 21-year run in September, when it was dismantled to make room for the new coaster. Looping Thunder ran on about 1,197 feet of track and had a 31.8-foot loop.
"I love rollercoasters as well as many other different types of thrill rides, mainly for the 'adrenaline' rush (sorry, I couldn't resist) I get when I ride them," Phillips said Friday, Feb. 16. "I've ridden many coasters throughout my life. I've been to many different amusement parks from Disneyland to (state and county) fair rollercoasters."
Oaks Amusement Park management team announced this week Phillips as the winner in the contest to name the new roller coaster. Phillips' "Adrenaline Peak" was selected from among the nearly 5,000 names submitted between mid-August and Dec. 1.
Some of the names submitted:
The Rail Blazer
The Oregon Vortex
Hood to Coaster
D.B. Cooper's Great Leap
Red, White, and Whoo-Hoo!
PDX Mayoral Race
Phillips, 20, has lived in Clackamas since he was 6. He has been to Oaks Amusement Park many times. His favorite roller coaster is Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland, combining two of his favorite things: roller coasters and "Star Wars."
Phillips received a $500 Oaks Park gift card, which he said he'll spend with his friends and family.