LINDSBORG — A recent notice from the city of Lindsborg, confirmed that Thor's Revenge, the water slide at the Lindsborg Municipal Pool has been closed to public use indefinitely. The closure is due to amendments to the Kansas Amusement Ride Act and Amusement ride Insurance Act, signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on June 25.
Thor's Revenge is a 153-foot long water slide. This is where the issue lies as the state now considers any water slide that is more than 15 feet tall and uses water to propel the patron through the ride is considered an amusement ride.
"We are currently in the process of completing the requirements to reopen," Lindsborg City Administrator Greg DuMars said.
The process is no easy fete though. The amendments state that no amusement ride shall be operated in Kansas unless a valid permit for such ride has been issued by the Kansas Department of Labor and the owner of the ride has registered with KDOL as and amusement ride owner.
On Monday the Lindsborg city council did approve $1,000 to be used for the appropriate certifications to reopen the ride. However, it is not anticipated as being an quick fix.
"In many ways the process is still a work in progress," DuMars said.
In addition to the permits and registration, the slide is required to meet ASTM International, a global standards development organization and receive written certification by a qualified inspector, acknowledged by the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials, prior to applying for a KDOL permit.
The amendments are a result of the tragic death of Caleb Schwab in August 2016 on the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Thor's Revenge has operated safely since it was built years ago in the mid-'90s, with no injuries. Though this does not seem to have helped the city's cause.
"We are working to get the slide back open as soon as possible," DuMars reiterated.
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