Officials: Land of Illusion waterpark faces possible fine for unlicensed inflatable

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has sent a letter to Land of Illusion Adventure Park Aqua Adventures on Thomas Road in Madison Twp. about a possible violation and $500 fine for operating an unlicensed inflatable on the ground. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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The Ohio Department of Agriculture has sent a letter to Land of Illusion Adventure Park Aqua Adventures on Thomas Road in Madison Twp. about a possible violation and $500 fine for operating an unlicensed inflatable on the ground. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

A Butler County waterpark has been issued a notice for a hearing accusing it of operating an unlicensed inflatable on the ground.

Katie Boyer, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said the notice was sent Monday, and Land of Illusion Aqua Adventures Park representatives in Madison Twp. will have 30 days to respond. She said the waterpark has a right to a hearing before a $500 fine can be assessed.

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When ODA officials inspected the rides on July 16, there were three devices (a bungee, rock wall and inflatable slide) that the park wanted to operate on the ground, she said.

Upon inspection, the facility did not have the required documentation to complete the inspections and receive licenses, and ODA said they could not operate, Boyer said.

ODA was awaiting completion of documentation from the company. Once the documentation was secured, ODA would inspect these devices, and permission to operate could have been granted, according to Boyer.

Then a few days later, photos of one of the rides being operated was sent to the state, she said.

Aqua Adventures has been criticized by the public after 14-year-old Mykiara Jones apparently drowned there July 20 while swimming without a lifejacket. She was pulled from the murky water 30 minutes after she was last seen that evening.

Jones, an incoming freshman at Middletown High School, was flown by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office hasn’t released a cause or manner of death, and it may take several weeks before results are known, according to an official.

Rep. Thomas Hall, R-Madison Twp., said he wants to create legislation to correct the “loophole” that allows the waterpark to operate without state regulations because it’s on a pond and not a swimming pool.

“We need to do whatever we can to keep this from happening again,” Hall said.

Hall said he plans to meet with Butler County General Health District officials and state legislators this week to discuss possible solutions. He called changing the way ponds are governed “a pretty easy fix.”

Mykiara Jones, 14, an incoming freshman at Middletown High School, apparently drowned last month.
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Mykiara Jones, 14, an incoming freshman at Middletown High School, apparently drowned last month.