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Oaks Amusement Park open through the heat, some rides may be forced to shut down

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Portland’s brutal heat wave just won’t quit, but the show must go on, at Oaks Amusement Park.

Summer, rollercoasters and ice cream, it’s the perfect combination, but when you add in relentless 90 degree days, things start getting uncomfortable at amusement parks.

“This is one of the rides we closed because it got too hot,” Kierin Andrews, ride operator at Oaks Park said.

Andrews said employees stay hydrated, hunt for shade, and keep an eye on how the seats are getting on the rides.

"We are trained on every ride in the park. Right around noon, these (seats) are in direct sunlight,” Andrews said.

Andrews said the kids rides can get too hot to handle under the scorching sun, sometimes forcing them to shut it down.

“Usually on a day like this, once it gets above 90 degrees, we start warning the customers as they're coming on. If we start getting complaints, we'll call the foreman over, they come by and measure the temperature of the seat,” Andrews said.

Sometimes that temperature reads 100 degrees.

Even the cooks at Oaks Park are finding their own ways of chilling out.

"We can even duck in the freezer for a second and cool off,” Eric O'Drady, a cook at the park said.

But if employees or guests are feeling too hot.

“You call a ride foreman, they'll walk you to first aid, and we're prepared and ready. We have ice baths and we have cold towels,” an employee told FOX 12.

Remember the late afternoon and evening are the hottest part of the day, so if you can get out earlier that’s your best bet of staying cool.

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