As thrill seekers eagerly await Cedar Point’s opening next month, state inspectors are hard at work ensuring those thrills are safe.
Cedar Point, which has 16 roller coasters, kicks off its summer season on May 6, but inspectors have been on the grounds for several weeks to thoroughly examine the safety of about 70 rides at the amusement park in Sandusky.
“(Inspectors) will climb every inch of every one of these rides,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The inspection and licensing of amusement rides across the state fall under the purview of the Department of Agriculture, which has eight inspectors working year-round at amusement parks, fairs and festivals. Cedar Fair, parent company of Cedar Point, also owns Kings Island near Cincinnati and 11 other amusement parks in the U.S. and Canada.