Monday, June 16, 2008

Action Park

I first heard of Action Park from a message board I go to that's based in NY and has alot of members from New Jersey. There was a thread on it that reminisced about this amusement park in Vernon Township New Jersey that the locals used to frequent because it was the most convenient place to have fun in the summer. The topic of the thread was completely about how this facility was a haven for employee negligence and poorly designed, unsafe rides. I thought it was a joke, until I checked it out.
The doctors at local hospitals named the park "Traction Park", "Accident Park", "Class Action Park". It eventually closed due to repeat violations and personal injury lawsuits. Cuts, scraps, bruises, broken bones, near drownings, were a daily occurance..hilarious or sad??

• In 1980, a 19-year-old park employee was killed on the alpine slide. His car jumped the track and his head struck a rock.
• In 1982, a 15-year-old boy drowned in the Wave Pool.
• A week later, a 27-year-old man from Long Island was electrocuted after falling out of his kayak on The Kayak Experience.
• In 1984, a man died of a heart attack supposedly caused by cold water in the pool beneath the Tarzan Swing (the drained Tarzan Swing pool is pictured above, courtesy of Abandoned But Not Forgotten.)
• Later that year, an 18-year-old from Brooklyn drowned in the Wave Pool.
• In 1987, another 18-year-old drowned in the Wave Pool.

Action Park shut its doors in 1996, and has since reopened as Mountain Creek Water park, with an increased emphasis on safety. So far, no deaths have been reported.

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