Amusement Parks

Public Safety
5:20 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online

The Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.
Credit Fen Labalme / flickr

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.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a website that allows any amusement park goer to see whether a ride has recently been inspected.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit

The Maverick roller coaster at Cedar Point
Credit Craig Lloyd / flickr

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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggested three out of state coasters to visit in the next few months.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:34 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mapping Pennsylvania's Historic Roller Coasters

Leap The Dips is the oldest wooden coaster in the country.
Credit Wikimedia

Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland, Lakemont Park, Idlewild, Kennywood... Pennsylvania has some of the most historic amusement parks, and roller coasters in the country.

As amusement parks start coming to life for the season, David Witoslawski, a McKeesport substitute school teacher and author of the book, Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip, 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 e-book.

"I love the matter of community spirit when it comes to going to amusement parks," Witoslawski said, "You go there and people just forget about all their problems in the world."

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PublicSource
8:01 am
Wed August 14, 2013

PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement

Permanent parks and water parks are required to file ride inspection reports every 30 days while they are open to the public. PublicSource analyzed reports provided by state regulators of the 117 permanent parks and water parks that were operating in Pennsylvania in 2012.
Credit Alexandra Kanik / PublicSource

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.

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.

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