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Action Park #5223364 09/26/19 07:27 PM
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Lawyers and Helen Lovejoys ruin everything.

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I live close to the old 'Action Park'....later called 'Mountain Creek' my kids spent entire summer's there....this story is BS....some 'rides' were edgy but that's where PARENTAL RESPONSIBILTY comes in....


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The correct name is, "Traction Park" LOL. I knew a few guys from New Jersey…


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Remember it, never went.

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People always need something to whine about. And someone else to blame. If you think it's too dangerous, (which this place had an obvious reputation for being), then don't go. But no, that's just too easy and simple to figure out. They go, full well knowing the danger, get hurt, then right away look for someone else to blame. Sadly, that is what our society is turning into today.

It won't be long before all of these water parks will become a thing of the past. It's already happening in city parks with Jungle Jims, and assorted other playground equipment that's been around for generations. All because of a few kids falling off of them. While their parents run screaming to their lawyers. Add it up to something the up and coming generation will never see, let alone be able to enjoy. Lawyers, coupled up with a sue crazy public who sees dollar signs, will assure that the owners of these places will no longer be able to afford liability insurance.

They managed to do it to the light aircraft industry in the 80's and 90's. So this will be child's play for them to ruin.

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I just think some of the rides are hilarious.


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Back in the 90's when we lived here, I worked with a guy who owned a R.V. campground on the Colorado River in Parker, just below the dam. He wanted to put in a waterslide. Nothing big and fancy, just something the kids could enjoy. The thought was short lived after he found out the liability insurance would have cost him north of $40K a year.

You can imagine what that would equate to today, almost 25 years later. It would be all but unobtainable. I can't imagine what some of these larger parks are paying like, "Wet-N-Wild".... Or how much longer they'll be able to.

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I went to Action Park about six times during its heyday of the mid to late 80's when I was a teen. In retrospect, it was everything you've heard it to be, but at the time it didn't seem so dangerous. I think the stuff you hear makes it sound like the place was total carnage and mayhem every day of its existence but it was really just a cool place to go to with your friends and get knocked around a bit. If you weren't sunburned and exhausted by the end of the day then you did it wrong.

- Yes, the water was all from mountain springs and was about 33 degrees on a warm day, but you got used to it.
- Yes, the Wave Pool got a little overcrowded sometimes, but there was always room at the deep end which was more fun anyway.
- Yes, some idiot could jump off the cliff and land right on your head if they weren't looking but that was the chance you took in order to jump off the cliffs yourself.
- Yes, getting launched out of the Alpine Slide and sliding down the track on your own skin was a bad idea, so make an effort not to screw up.
- Yes, you could snap your back like a twig if you went down the last two lanes on Surf Hill, hit the jump (yes there was a jump at one point) at ludicrous speed and landed wrong, but you were young and indestructible so you had nothing to worry about. Besides, the girls were watching!

One fun memory of Action Park has to do with the Alpine Slide. We noticed the employees there were always flying down the track so we assumed they knew which sleds were the 'good' ones. Turns out it had nothing to do with the sled itself but everything to do with how you sat on it. They had plastic skids on each corner and the center handle controlled if you pushed forward, a center wheel would come down for speed, and if you pulled back it was two larger skids for 'brakes'. So even with the handle as far forward as possible, you were still sitting on a tricycle of sorts, with most of your weight on the back two skids and only some of it on the center wheel between your knees/thighs. It would only allow you to go so fast.

But one of the employees running the ride shared the secret with my friend: Lean forward, grab the loop that hung the sled from the chairlift, and pull your weight forward while pressing the handle forward. This did two things: #1 (the good) it put almost all of your weight over the wheel, and #2 (the bad) it raised your center of gravity which made the sled squirrelly. It made all the difference in how fast you went, and I do mean fast. We each did three runs at the very end of the day using this newfound technique, daring to go faster and faster each time until the last run when all three of us had close calls. We got to the bottom, all looking a little pale, laughed nervously and said, "Yeah, time to leave.".

I'm very glad I that place existed and I was able to go there many times at its peak. We'll never see anything like it again.

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I was there once when I was in my 40s.

Fun.

Dangerous, very dangerous, really dangerous, but only if you are reckless, not thinking, not careful, or don't give a ...


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