PORTLAND – A popular indoor play area facility for kids in Portland’s Pearl District was facing a lawsuit over one of its slides.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of six women and a 7-year-old child, claimed that the triple-wave slide is too fast and dangerous, causing multiple injuries.
A video, sent in by a KGW viewer who was not involved in the lawsuit, showed a child riding down the slide in question and falling upon landing.
The plaintiffs said they got hurt when they went down the slide and the owners of PlayDate PDX continued to allow children to ride the slide after watching and being told about injuries.
The plaintiffs alleged that they suffered a fractured tailbone, a broken elbow, a herniated disk and a hand injury after riding the slide.
The plantiffs also said PlayDate PDX put up signs “that mocked the risk created in the slides.”
They asked for more than $50,000 to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. The maker of the slide was also named in the lawsuit. .
When contacted for comment on the lawsuit, PlayDate PDX emailed KGW a written statement disputing the claims. It said, in part:
“We must disagree with Mr. McDougal’s [the plaintiffs' attorney] conclusion that our triple wave slide is ‘dangerously defective.’ We do believe that people can and do injure themselves on any piece of play equipment. We deeply regret any injury that occurs in our facility regardless of fault.”
In the response, PlayDate PDX said they logged 49 reported injuries over the past three years, which averages to one injury per 7,000 visitors.
PlayDate PDX is located on the border of the Pearl District and Northwest Portland, at 1434 NW 17th Ave. It has a 7,500-square-foot indoor play area with slides, tunnels and ladders, along with an adjoining restaurant.