Man builds roller coaster in grandfather's backyard
When Elliot Ryan was sent home from college last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to tackle an amazing project: a backyard roller coaster for his 83-year-old grandfather.
friends. Silverblatt lives life on the edge. I am very young, 83. He's still a practicing doctor and a triathlon athlete, So it's not too surprising to hear there's a new addition to his front yard, causing ah lot of amusement. I think we're probably the only one in Rhode Island. Ah, one way rollercoaster built by his grandson. So it actually really started when I was like years old, home from college because of Cove it, 20 year old Elliott Ryan, who's studying to become a civil engineer, decided to finally turn that dream into a reality. Elliott worked almost everyday April through August, using wood nails and a slide he got as a gift from his grandpa When he was two. He did everything, all himself. It was, that's That's the amazing thing about it. Two weeks ago, Elliot put the final touches on his creation and guess who was first to test it out. It was very exciting, probably more exciting than I anticipated. It was crazy. It was a little nervous. I knew it would be fun for him. And washing fun is exactly what this did for their family, who, like many others recently have been dealing with a roller coaster of emotions. This really provided some enlightenment and some joy. Elliott says he's grateful for his grandfather's guiding encouragement, helping push this project to perfection. What does Fred and Elliott tell me? The plan for next summer is to extend this roller coaster to make it even bigger and better in North Kingstown. Sam Reed, NBC Thai News.