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VIDEO: Belle Isle closes giant slide over speed issues, plans to make adjustments

Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 19, 2022

(WXYZ) — Belle Isle Park posted Friday that they are temporarily closing the giant slide due to speed issues.

Chopper video on Friday showed a few wild rides on the slide. Friday was the first day it was reopened to the public.

Kenyatta Mcadney loves summer on Belle Isle, but he says fun turned to fear around noon for his kids as speed became an issue on a massive slide. Videos were captured and posted to social media.

“What I noticed was the impact they were hitting the ground with coming off the hills,” he said.

Belle Isle closes giant slide over speed issues

His children are now cautioning others. The two youngest refused to go down and the two older kids decided once was enough.

“I was going down way faster than I thought I was. Gravity hurts,” Mcadney’s child Keymarr said.

Belle Isle says they are making adjustments to help with the speed.

“Hopefully after our small adjustment we will be back up and running and the slide will be slower for more enjoyment,” read a statement.

The Department of Natural Resources, which runs the slide, says there were no injuries and staff members were at the top and bottom of the slide giving instructions.

“If they would have kept riding on that slide, somebody would have got hurt,” Mcadney said.

Mcadney says he also gave up tickets he paid for just out of concern.

As of Friday night, it was unknown when the ride will reopen.