4 Schlitterbahn rides remain closed amid heightened scrutiny for park

Despite Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, opening on May 25, four rides remain closed at the troubled park.

A total of 11 rides were inspected by regulators from Kansas Department of Labor during a two-day audit prior to the park’s opening. All 11 were closed on opening day because of missing safety signs, operation manuals and inspection reports, along with a couple of instances of rides needing replacement parts.

While seven have returned to service, permits for Soaring Eagle, Boogie Bahn, Whirlpool and Wolfpack expired on July 1. At least one of the four will not be opening at all this season, after Schlitterbahn’s maintenance team learned that a pump needs to be replaced. It is unclear when the other rides will be open to the public again.

The recent audit is another in a continuing series of crises for Schlitterbahn, which has been the subject of law enforcement and regulatory inquiries since the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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