TIDAL WAVE POOL - ACTION PARK
Are you starting to get the idea that Action Park was a bit… sketchy? Because if not, you might want to consider the statistics on their uniquely large and powerful wave pool, which inevitably became known to fans as the “Grave Pool.”
Featuring 40-inch-tall waves for twenty minutes at a time at a park where half the people were drunk and the other half didn’t know how to swim (in the words of park officials, the low-cost attraction tended to bring people in from urban areas who had little other chances to swim), the Tidal Wave Pool killed two people and hospitalized hundreds more.
Twelve lifeguards were on duty at all times, and former employees claimed as many as thirty rescues each day—compare that to the average lifeguard workload of maybe one or two people for an entire summer and you might better understand just how nuts this innocuous-seeming wave pool really was.
Surprisingly, the wave pool was one of the few features to survive Action Park’s lawsuit-aided demise—it exists in much tamer and shallower form as the High Tide Wave Pool at Mountain Creek Waterpark, which stands on the old Action Park site and reuses much of its infrastructure, albeit with much more comprehensive state-mandated safety rules.