CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The slides at the Waves of Fun pool in Hurricane will reopen Wednesday.
The three slides, located next to the wave pool, were installed in 1989. They have been shut down since the beginning of this year's season, which began around Memorial Day, according to pool manager Jamie Wright.
"They didn't pass inspection from the Division of Labor at the beginning of the season. Some work had to be done on the structure," Wright said.
Rust damage, deteriorating handrails and aging carpet on the slides' 35-foot-high platform should have been addressed years ago, according to Scott Williamson, director of Putnam County Parks and Recreation.
"Since I've been here, we've been playing catch-up with the wave pool facility," Williamson said. "The people preceding the gentleman with the Division of Labor that flagged us this year gave us a clean bill ... for the past six years with no mention of anything."
Fixing the structural damage to the platform cost about $7,000, Williamson said.
"The engineer said this was not anything that would have collapsed, but the chance was there, and if we didn't do our part to try and make the structure safe, we would have been negligent and liable for not doing it," he said. "Being overly cautious is not a bad thing."