Amusement Parks http://wesa.fm en Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online http://wesa.fm/post/inspection-records-pa-amusement-parks-now-online <p>Before someone gets strapped into the Storm Runner at Hershey Park or feels their stomach drop on Kennywood’s Phantom's Revenge this Memorial Day weekend, they’ll be able to go online to check when the rides were last inspected.<br /><br />The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a website that allows any amusement park goer to see whether a ride has recently been inspected.<br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:20:06 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 29772 at http://wesa.fm Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit http://wesa.fm/post/three-out-state-amusement-parks-you-need-visit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People chase their endless summer in different ways. Some visit ballparks, others beaches. A dedicated group of fun seekers visit amusement parks in search of the perfect roller coaster thrill ride.</span></p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggested three out of state coasters to visit in the next few months.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 20:35:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28887 at http://wesa.fm Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit Mapping Pennsylvania's Historic Roller Coasters http://wesa.fm/post/mapping-pennsylvanias-historic-roller-coasters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland, </span>Lakemont<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park, </span>Idlewild<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Kennywood<span style="line-height: 1.5;">... Pennsylvania has some of the most historic amusement parks, and roller coasters in the country. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As amusement parks start coming to life for the season, David </span>Witoslawski,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a </span>McKeesport<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> substitute school teacher and author of the book, </span><em><a href="http://greatpennsylvaniaparks.blogspot.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, gave us a guide to the state’s classic coasters and parks. The book is available in black and white as a paperback and in full color as an </span><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Great-Pennsylvania-Amusement-Parks-Road-ebook/dp/B00IUNS2IQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398964395&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Great+Pennsylvania+Amusement+Parks+Road+Trip" style="line-height: 1.5;">e-book</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I love the matter of community spirit when it comes to going to amusement parks,"&nbsp;Witoslawski&nbsp;said, "You go there and people just forget about all their problems in the world."</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:34:49 +0000 Marnie Schleicher 28524 at http://wesa.fm Mapping Pennsylvania's Historic Roller Coasters PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement http://wesa.fm/post/pa-s-regulation-amusement-parks-falls-short-inspections-enforcement <p>Pennsylvania has more amusement park rides than any other state, with 9,300 registered rides. And its parks are unmatched in safety, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a June press release, because of the state’s rigorous ride-inspection program.<br><br>But a PublicSource investigation shows that the state agency that oversees amusement parks doesn’t track the safety inspection reports that parks are required by law to file each month they are open.<br> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:01:55 +0000 Emily DeMarco and Natasha Khan | PublicSource 14836 at http://wesa.fm PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement