Bay Beach rides inspected before opening weekend

Published: May. 2, 2019 at 5:25 PM CDT
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Anticipation is growing for opening weekend at Bay Beach Amusement Park.

All week, inspectors have been at work making sure all the rides meet safety protocol.

"We have our staff that goes out to inspect all the rides to ensure that they are safe for operation throughout the duration of the summer," Dawn Crim with the state's Department of Safety and Professional Services said.

Crim said these inspections happen before any amusement park opens.

Just because they're routine doesn't mean they're not important.

"We make sure that we have a ride list of all rides throughout the state," Crim said. "We have a schedule of when they're going to be opening and then we look for that registration sheet right off the bat."

Crews have been checking rides at Bay Beach since Tuesday.

The Zippin Pippin roller-coaster was the last one on their list.

"So we're looking for gaskets, screws, all those things," said Crim. "We run them and then we move on to the next one. Those that have been dissembled are of course reassembled, and we're checking all the connectors to make sure they are up to par."

There's a registration sticker on every ride that lets engineers know it's up to par.

Crim said all the rides at Bay Beach will be ready for this opening weekend except the big Ferris wheel that's still under construction.