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One last stand for “Save Colossus!” group

Posted: August 16, 2014 1:25 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2014 1:25 p.m.
 

On the last day that the iconic Colossus roller coaster is open to the public, members of the “Save Colossus!” group made one final attempt at preserving the 125-foot-tall wooden coaster.

Four protestors stood at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and the Old Road at 9 a.m. on Saturday, waving signs and chanting.

Clad in blue “Save Colossus!” T-shirts, members attempted to gain more support and signatures for their cause. One member even traveled from out of state to protest.

“I first rode it when I was seven years old,” said Montana resident and “Save Colossus!” co-founder Matt Glumac. “It is an important piece of roller coaster and Six Flags history, so I came out here to help.”

Donald Patti, the informal group leader of “Save Colossus!” said Colossus is an “engineering masterpiece” and an important piece of Southern California’s heritage.

“Colossus has been in a number of different films, movies and television shows, and is a part of Hollywood history,” Patti said. “We want to keep it here in its current state, and just have Six Flags put time and money into restoring the ride.”

The protestors now have about 200 members of their Facebook group, according to Patti, and just under 400 signatures on their petition, gathered since the group started one month ago.

However, this number is far below the 1,000-signature goal the group set in July.

Six Flags has not yet released details about what’s in store for Colossus, but in a press release park officials said, “The park will announce its exciting 2015 plans on Aug. 28.”

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