Nov 25, 2015 11:10 AM
Owner chained to slide tower at Candia's Liquid Planet water park abandons quest to delay auction
CANDIA - The owner of Liquid Planet Water Park has come down from the water tower where he was chained after developing what appears to be pneumonia.
Kevin Dumont has been chained the park's slide for more than two weeks in an effort to delay the park being auctioned off, but his efforts so far have been unsuccessful.
"A doctor was kind enough to come by and check me out, and he thinks I've developed pneumonia," Kevin Dumont said after abandoning his efforts to save the park. "I am coming down today and working on getting better."
The park is scheduled to be auctioned off on Dec. 2.
"Basically the interested parties just don't have enough time to put the deal together before Dec. 2nd. I tried to have the auction delayed but I was unsuccessful," he said.
"I feel like I failed my mission, but I know in my heart I tried as hard as I could. I think my parents would be proud," he said.
Liquid Planet drew public attention in August after a judge issued a temporary restraining order, closing its "speed slides" attraction until the park gets required design approvals from the state.
The Department of Environmental Services said water samples taken from the speed slides had unsanitary levels of coliform bacteria. It also said the park opened the slides without first obtaining design approval from the department.