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Increased Security At Waldameer Park This Holiday Weekend

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There's extra security on-hand this holiday weekend at Waldameer Park, Erie county's popular amusement park.
It comes after a fight, back on Memorial Day.
The stepped-up security this holiday weekend, is all to ensure park goers are safe.
Families entering Waldameer park Thursday saw an increased security presence.
Guards at the entrance with portable metal detectors, and security checking bags as well.

This increased security comes after a fight on Memorial day, that turned into a teen being stabbed.

So now, on holidays Waldameer will have four additional Millcreek police officers in the park, bringing the number of police from 6 to 10. That's in addition to the private security guards.
Waldameer's president says it's unfortunate a few people caused this, but beefed-up security will help park goers feel safer.

"I feel that the media attention on the incident that we had on Memorial day was a little overblown. It was really an isolated incident between two guests among themselves," said Steve Gorman, President of Waldameer. "I feel that we do a good job with our security, we have increased security to help with any potential problems, and we're wanding at the gates to help prevent any weapons from coming on site. I think in general, we have a really safe park and we do what we can to keep people safe while they're here," Gorman added..    

There are also new closing hours for holidays. This July 4th, the park will close an hour early at 9 p.m.. Thursday night, the fireworks display is set to be the biggest ever at the park.

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