Height Restrictions Increase from 42” to 48”
The Merriam Aquatics Center (MAC) this week completed the inspection on its waterslide required by a new Kansas law that took effect on July 1. Riders, though, must now be 48 inches in height to go down the slide.
The Kansas Amusement Ride Act said waterslides more than 15 feet in height and “uses water to propel the patron through the ride” must pass yearly inspection and permit requirements.
Anna Slocum, Merriam Parks and Recreation Department director, said it’s unclear whether the MAC’s slide “propels people forward” but erred on the side of caution and had the waterslide inspected.
She said riders going down the slide must now be 48 inches tall instead of 42 inches to be in compliance with inspection regulations.
“Staff would prefer to make this type of change before a new season to avoid confusion, but to meet compliance standards and allow the slide to remain operational, the height had to be adjusted,” Slocum said.
Though the new law started this month, no parks will be criminally penalized until Jan. 1, 2018.