Sweltering heat shuts down Spokane gondola

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:13 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Skyride in Riverfront Park is always a big attraction. Tourists and locals alike are able to get a view of the whole city from above. This hot summer has prevented several people from enjoying that view in the afternoon hours.
 
There is no cooling system in the cabins, so officials said they quickly heat up. The ride has been completely shut down over a dozen afternoons due to heat concerns.  KREM 2 crews talked to riders in the late morning, before it was even super hot out. They told us they were already getting hard to handle.
 
"It's not very comfortable," said Amy McMullen. "You're anxious to get going again. It's okay when they're moving, but when they stop, you're ready to get out."
 
Riverfront Park is trying to get a cooling system installed in time for next summer. They still haven't nailed down a plan to get that done.
 
If you're interested in riding but worried about the heat, keep in mind the ride will likely be open if it is less than 90 degrees out. High winds can also close the ride.

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