ACTION PARK ALPINE SLIDE - VERNON TOWNSHIP, NJ
The Alpine Slide as a basic concept is already toeing the line between awesome and lethal. Most examples consist of concrete-and-fiberglass chute that patrons scoot down on crude sleds or carts featuring cruder brakes and (if you’re lucky) seatbelts.
The Alpine Slide of New Jersey’s infamous Action Park (known by some as “Traction Park” or “Class-Action Park”) upped the ante by combining these rickety sleds with customers who were almost always wearing swimsuits for the nearby water park and were quite often drunk.
Action Park’s first fatality was due to an employee taking a sled at full speed through the course, then hurtling off an embankment. The management added safety measures in the form of haystacks, but the slide was responsible for most of the park’s injuries and legal troubles—in the 84-85 season alone, sliders suffered 14 fractures and 26 head injuries.