Editorial: The Wave water slide lacked necessary vetting
A child is thrown out of the Emerald Plunge water slide during the opening day of The Wave water park in Dublin, Calif., on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The child landed on the concrete next to the slide and was taken to the office by park personnel. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
By EAST BAY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD |
PUBLISHED: June 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm | UPDATED: June 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm
After decades of planning, Dublin officials never commissioned their own independent review of the slides’ safety.
Watching the video of a 10-year-old boy catapulted onto the concrete at one of Dublin’s new water slides less than 90 minutes after they first opened last weekend, it’s obvious this could have been much worse.
The boy swooped down the steep, three-story-tall chute of the Emerald Plunge and, as it leveled off, slid over the side wall and tumbled across the pavement. He fortunately walked away, apparently with just scrapes.