Cracks Repaired at Ames Waterpark, Slides Reopen

ames water slideAMES, Iowa – Slides at an Ames water park have reopened after emergency repairs were made.

Officials say welding repairs were made Wednesday on the structural supports to three slides at the Furman Aquatic Center.

An annual inspection brought the cracks to light. It’s thought they were caused by a lack of drainage holes allowing for a buildup of water that froze in the winter.

Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham apologized for the temporary closure.

“We know closing the slides was an inconvenience and disappointment to our users, and for that we sincerely apologize,” Abraham said in a statement. “Yet, we must ensure our facility is safe for all swimmers and staff all hours of operation. Safety comes first.”

Officials are determining who is responsible for paying for the estimated $2,000 repairs at the $10-million facility.

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