Action Park was a scary waterpark designed for thrillseeker types in the ski resort area of Jersey. There were many absurd and unsafe rides and the danger was all a part of the fun. We loved to go and it was my favorite amusement park.
From the Action Park Wikipedia:
Its popularity went hand in hand with a reputation for poorly-designed, unsafe rides; inattentive, underaged, underpaid and sometimes under-the-influence employees; equally intoxicated and underprepared visitors — and the poor safety record that followed from this perfect storm of circumstances. At least six people are known to have died as a result of mishaps on rides at the park, and it was nicknamed "Traction Park", "Accident Park", "Class Action Park", "Danger Park" and "Death Park" by doctors at nearby hospitals due to the number of severely injured parkgoers they treated.
And I found this comment on a youtube commercial for the park:
I almost drowned at Action Park in the 80's, I was 8 and my sweet life almost came to an end in that crazy F*CKING wave pool... when I woke up in the hospital ER I was surrounded my a ton of people... the lifeguard was high on coke which was found out later that week by police but then again, everyone int he 80's was i guess...my fear of water never changed after that...
We always left with scraped ankles. I remember that. I also remember feeling a chubby man or woman's body against my feet who was stuck in a dark waterslide as I went down.
read more about Action Park's awesome danger at the Weird NJ page