Cracks Found in Ames Waterslides

AMES, Iowa – An Ames aquatic center has closed three of its water slides because of fears over safety.

An annual inspection at the Furman Aquatic Center discovered cracks in the supports of the drop slide and the tube slides, officials said Tuesday.

“When the issue was brought to our attention, we immediately contacted the manufacturer, Splashtacular, to determine our next steps,” Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham said in a statement. “We expect the structural engineer on site very soon, and we will develop a plan to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”

The remainder of the water park, which opened in 2010 at a cost of $10.5-million will remain open.

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