Yeah, people reported seeing groups of hundreds of kids running through the park all day. They must have let up on their security since it was just a few years ago that the gang problem got so bad that they banned the wearing of red shirts by the youth.What a mess, I'm going to be interested in seeing the investigation into this.
Yeah, people reported seeing groups of hundreds of kids running through the park. They must have let up on their security since it was just a few years ago that the gang problem got so bad that they banned the wearing of red shirts by the youth.
I've always thought it would be easy to get guns into the park. Just bypass entrance security and have someone on the outside toss you a gun over the fence. There's blind spots everywhere. They're really going to have to clamp down hard
on teens. The towns of McKeesport, Duquesne (most of the actual park is located in Duquesne. The park office is in the West Mifflin side of the park so that town gets the tax dollars), Braddock and Rankin, that basically surround the park are among the highest crime areas, mostly under age 25 people , in the county. McKeesport has one of the highest crime rates in the USA. Shootings are almost a daily happening in that area. They probably need to do a Knotts Park type of having adults accompany teens, and quit the cut rate prices for Phantom Nights. It's too cheap to attend, so you get a lot of riff raff.
Yes, I agree on that, that's why I was guessing a gun came from outside the park, not through the entrance with the metal detector. Heck, they beep me for a metal belt buckle, they're so sensitive. . Easy to get a gun over the fence there....plus a lot of other areas that are near those homes also, and the picnic grove areas, easy as pie. and there's rarely security over there....and yes, those communities and parts of the Pgh. city are experiencing those issues everyday, so the park is a ripe setting for violence when they clash.I actually don't think the issue is the front of park security, instead I think it's how the park is laid out. Here me out here.
The incident happened outside of the Musik [sic] Express. Lets go to google maps...
Right there is a gate for service vehicles to enter that a bag could be thrown over. My educated guess is drama between groups started outside of the park, either today or built up all week, and then it spilled into the park. Whenever things happen in parks like this it's always the outside world spilling in, not usually random acts of terrorism.
I went to Dollywood Wednesday and it was full. For a random weekday at the end of September it was surprising. All lots full by noon.Guess the violence last week didn't deter many from coming to the park. Tonight was the first Phantom Fright Nights since the shooting. Alene just drove past on her way home from work. She said the parking lot was already packed at 5:15 PM.
Wonder if this is replacing Volcano...
I've lived close to Kennywood for most of my life. The only weather that discourages crowds is when we get lots of rain. Generally, May & June are rainy months here. But not this year. We went through three weeks in June where there was no measurable precipitation. And, except for one week with mid 80 to high 80 temps., the rest of the time has been moderate, 70's, or even cool. People here are used to bad air since we always get that locally due to steel mill emissions during temperature inversions. The local coke mill, a few miles from Kennywood is the single largest polluter in the USA. Plus, their waterpark at Sandcastle (a couple miles from Kennywood) remains open 7 days a week, as well as their childrens park , Idlewild & Soak Zone, about 20 miles away.....No, it's not the weather or air.Yeah, from the looks of things the air hasn't been so nice lately. Personally, I wouldn't be in the mood to be out in a park during something like that.
Just hearing from people around here and local social media, there's a few things that stand out. There's still a lot of backlash from the gang fights and shooting last year and a few years prior. It's both a safety and racial issue. There also has been a large increase in ticket costs the last two years, and that's not playing well with the largely blue collar locals. Kennywood, due to it's hard to get to location, doesn't get much in the way of tourist traffic. Staffing is always an issue, but that hasn't caused them to cut days or hours in the past. They've only cut days during the few years when attendance was trending low, generally in summers with lots of rain. Certainly, few rain days this year, the driest year in many decades. The other two parks, owned by Palace/Kennywood don't seem to be having attendance issues. Today I drove past Idlewild, on a trip to Ligonier, and the parking lot that I could see from the road, was full at park opening. During the past month they've been running continual, and different, discount offers, which probably indicates attendance is down. But even with the discounts, tickets are higher than they were a couple of years ago. Not a great idea to raise prices a lot when you're facing heavily media reported gang issues.I'd guess weak attendance combined with staffing shortages.