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Boy's Injuries Last Year Prompt Adjustments to Dublin Water Slide

Settings on a Dublin waterslide have been adjusted and the slide will reopen Saturday after it was closed last year when a boy was injured on it, city officials said.

The three-story Emerald Plunge at The Wave at Emerald Glen Park will open for Memorial Day weekend after about a year of testing following an injury May 27 to a 10-year-old boy who was ejected from the slide onto the concrete below.

City spokeswoman Shari Jackman said the slide is safe as long as riders meet the height and weight requirements.

Riders must be a minimum of 48 inches tall and 45 pounds and no more than 76 inches tall and 300 pounds, Jackman said.

Late last year the family of the boy filed a lawsuit against the city over the injuries, which were not life-threatening.

Jackman said the family settled with the manufacturer, which took full responsibility in the case.

Officials with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said they have "recertified the slide for operation with revised settings."

Jackman said the initial settings by the manufacturer were such that riders of certain heights and weights could be lifted out of the slide at the transition to the runout.

Jackman said the boy slid out of the slide at the transition.

The settings for water flow and water height have been adjusted, Jackman and Cal/OSHA officials said.

The Emerald Plunge and the Dublin Screamer, which was also closed after the boy was injured, will be open this weekend and when the park opens June 2 for the summer season.

Jackman said both slides were closed on the park's grand opening day because city officials didn't know why the boy slid out. The city of Dublin operates the park.

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