Coaster Fixes Weird Problem: Too-Loud Screaming
Park adds a tunnel to keep neighbors happy
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
An artist's rendering of the Gold Striker, a roller coaster in Santa Clara. It now has a tunnel to keep the volume down on screaming.   (AP Photo/ Great America)

(Newser) – It's a great problem for any roller coaster to have: People were screaming too loudly. So loudly, in fact, that the screams exceeded an agreed-upon decibel limit between the Great America park in Santa Clara and a real estate company that owns neighboring properties. As a result, the park shut down the Gold Striker on Monday, quickly added a tunnel over a particularly scream-inducing section, and had it running again before the holiday, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The wooden coaster is 108 feet high and zips along at speeds greater than 50mph.

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Jul 8, 2013 11:55 PM CDT
I live near a big nationally owned park. The screaming guests are not the problem. Somehow, they are allowed to have concerts in a makeshift amphitheater. Oh, they'll bring in people like Eddy Money, Three Dogs of Night (tribute), etc. Well I was going to get some gas and I heard, "Two tickets to Paradise" from the gas station a mile away. The worst is the warmups for the religious bands on church days. They pour around 100,000 electrical watts into their system. You can't complain as the city just says, "The park provides 200 jobs and the monthly tax revenues from it exceed $250,000. So, the people who live around it have to just put up with it. Lately, the Latinos have started ganglanding the park. Telemundo and Spanish radio stations then bring in their own singers. I can put up with most of that until a Marichi weekend happens. I'll book a room in Dallas that weekend as Its like hearing the same song played from 10AM Saturday to 10pm Sunday.
Jul 7, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
I got an idea... how about NOT building your office buildings and or houses next to Amusement parks???? I go to many amusement parks and hate hearing about people bitching about noise when the parks were always there FIRST.... and this was no exception. When this park was first built there was nothing but dirt around it. So F#ck Prudential
Jul 6, 2013 4:33 PM CDT
Require background checks for people riding roller coasters.