Do you remember Fort Rapids Waterpark?
Fort Rapids was a hotel and resort located in Columbus, Ohio. It was originally a Holiday Inn hotel, but was bought by Dublin-based Platinum Lodging, who then spent $40 million developing it into a hotel and waterpark. It was opened to the public in May of 2006, but had a few complaints. In the early-2010s, the plot was leased out. Fort Rapids continued to decline with many complaints. It had fire code violations, as well as violations for unsafe food handling, and bug infestations. The same year it closed, it was bought by Experience Hospitality, after Platinum Lodging no longer wanted the waterpark due to the complaints and violations that they had not been notified about by the leaser.
The last day of operation, a few pumps in the pools were not operating correctly. This caused chlorine gas to infect the air, and multiple families were sick. There was also an electrical fire in the hotel, so everyone, including staff, were evacuated. Columbus Police arrived, and ordered Fort Rapids as a whole to close. It was originally thought that they would open again a few weeks after, when they had done repairs, but they never opened.
The Rise & Fall of Fort Rapids Waterpark
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