Waldameer Park and Waterworld will add more police and more security measures after some incidents of violence on Memorial day. There were several fights that night and someone slashed an 18-year-old in the throat with a knife. Waldameer officials met with Millcreek police officials to consult on the plans. Both agree the trouble seems to happen on actual holidays. "That's when you have he crowd, and that's historically when the trouble has occurred," said Millcreek Police Chief Michael Tesore. "We traditionally have some issues with violent behavior of guests on holidays," said Waldameer President Steve Gorman. "On holidays we will increase security with outside contracted officers, our own staff and also hired Millcreek police officers"
Over the years Waldameer has made changes to address problems on holidays, cutting out fireworks and prohibiting alcohol on the actual holiday and requiring teens to have a ride-a-rama pass to be in the park. But since those fights on Memorial Day, when an 18 year old was stabbed in the throat, they plan to boost security.
The number of Millcreek police hired for holidays will jump from 6 to 10 and there will be signs posted letting guests know they may be searched for alcohol, drugs or weapons. Gorman says it's a shame to have to deal with issues like this but patrons say they understand and are pleased with the decisions.