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Owners of now-closed Fort Rapids water park to be fined $1,000 daily until unsafe conditions are fixed

Owners of now-closed Fort Rapids water park to be fined $1,000 daily until unsafe conditions are fixed

Jack McLaughlin

While Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park has been closed since 2016 due health and safety concerns, the City of Columbus is still holding property owners accountable for conditions they’ve deemed are unsafe.

According to a press release from City Attorney Zach Klein, the City secured an agreed judgement order in the Franklin County Municipal Court Environmental Division earlier this week. Now, the property owners of the shuttered water park will be forced to pay $1,000 daily until the site’s code violations and unsafe conditions are brought into compliance.

“Compliance with health, safety and fire codes isn’t optional, it’s essential to protect public safety—regardless of whether the property you own is in use to the general public,” Klein said.

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According to the press release, the current owners purchased the property after Fort Rapids was closed in 2016 following numerous health and safety violations.

Violations on the site include unsecure doors and windows, overgrown grass and weeds, facade damage to the building, abandoned vehicles on the premises, and nonfunctional fire alarms, in addition to other issues.

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