NFL player buys hotel, water park complex | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 54 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 20, 2010, titled NFL player buys hotel, water park complex | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The troubled Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort has been sold to two buyers, including former Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis.

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Jon H

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 20, 2010
I've been there. Not a place I want to swim again.
YOU people

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 20, 2010
As much as ya'll claim to LOVE your Buckeyes, you don't do a lot to keep them in Columbus. If ALL the players were encouraged to invest in Columbus, we might see significant increases in jobs and tourism as well as decreases in crime and violence because the kids who look up to them will see other options besides just playing ball and rapping. Think about it, if those were the only industries that you felt like you had any chance of "making it" from the bottom of society to a respectable level and you KNEW you weren't EVER going to play pro ball or be a star wouldn't you be full of anger, frustration, desperation, and negativity?

“Defecting to Mexico”

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#3 Jul 20, 2010
I haven't been to fort Rapids but I have been to Kalahari in Sandusky. That place is awesome!
Bexley resident

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 20, 2010
1.) YOU people - you're outta your mind. Do you have any clue how many former Buckeyes live here? Invest here? Work here?(Don't bother answering -- we all know you don't.)

2.) I hope the new owners take that annoying pop-up off The Dispatch's front page now.
what

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 20, 2010
"There's a sucker born every minute" - P. T. Barnum
Red_Cross

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 20, 2010
Number 1 problem with this park is its location.
t elmeno

Westerville, OH

#7 Jul 20, 2010
Maby now they will add a trophy room to display all those Super Bowl Trophys the Browns have won.
watcher

Marion, OH

#8 Jul 20, 2010
You seen it? what a dump in a dump location.
Mermaid

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 20, 2010
Jon H wrote:
I've been there. Not a place I want to swim again.
Jon, would you please tell us why? I've thought about taking my neice there but wasn't sure if it was a good place to go. Any information would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
Frankie

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 20, 2010
My brother's family stayed there a couple of years ago and I went to the waterpark with them. Seemed like a nice place to me. And my brother liked their stay.
greg

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 20, 2010
This is an interesting spin on things. I wish them well in their investment.

As others have aluded, I have wondered why this water fun place was placed on Hamilton Road at I 70. I believe that they would have been more successful in a North Columbus location.

I have also wondered why these places have been developed. Sliding down a water chute in January has not been a priority with me. I suppose the success of these places depends upon location.
No Fun Allowed

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 20, 2010
One of the problems this place has is most of Columbus would rather spend the day in the water park and then go home for the evening. They used to have a policy that you had to stay in one of their rooms to visit the water park.

The other thing they need to do is advertise a lot more outside of Central Ohio. We have the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, COSI, etc. so they need to advertise to people that do not generally frequent Columbus' local attractions.
yesssir

Asheboro, NC

#15 Jul 20, 2010
he got taken..has he ever even drove there...everything around it is a dump...people with any real money stay away from that area!!..i wouldnt even dare ask my wife to take the kids into an area like that..crime is awful and the people in that "hood" make it like that!..i agree building it in "maybe" a hillard area would draw more people...its sad but true and everyone knows it, thats why its failing!! sorry just my thoughts!
Civics101

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 20, 2010
YOU people wrote:
As much as ya'll claim to LOVE your Buckeyes, you don't do a lot to keep them in Columbus. If ALL the players were encouraged to invest in Columbus, we might see significant increases in jobs and tourism as well as decreases in crime and violence because the kids who look up to them will see other options besides just playing ball and rapping. Think about it, if those were the only industries that you felt like you had any chance of "making it" from the bottom of society to a respectable level and you KNEW you weren't EVER going to play pro ball or be a star wouldn't you be full of anger, frustration, desperation, and negativity?
Not sure you can really say this straightfaced after 110+ people went to support Speilman at College HOF. how many other schools seethat kind of support and love for its ex players, although he is extra special. Besides Jamal Lewis went to Tennessee.

You will find many ex-Buckeyes doing well in Columbus and not only on TV/radio - Bobby Hoying is a developer, Bobby Carpenter and Vrabel come back to run a business D-1, Katzenmoyer is coaching and training in Westerville, Greg Belasari is a doctor, Michael Redd and Conley/Oden come back in summers, and the list goes on and on. Those that distinguish themselves, learn while they are here, and don't embarrass the city or university generally succeed, like most OSU students.
Buckeyes

New York, NY

#17 Jul 20, 2010
YOU people wrote:
As much as ya'll claim to LOVE your Buckeyes, you don't do a lot to keep them in Columbus. If ALL the players were encouraged to invest in Columbus, we might see significant increases in jobs and tourism as well as decreases in crime and violence because the kids who look up to them will see other options besides just playing ball and rapping. Think about it, if those were the only industries that you felt like you had any chance of "making it" from the bottom of society to a respectable level and you KNEW you weren't EVER going to play pro ball or be a star wouldn't you be full of anger, frustration, desperation, and negativity?
Jamal Lewis played his college ball in Tennessee and played pro ball with the Ravens and the Browns. Not sure why the Buckeyes comment was made.
Julie

Bellefontaine, OH

#18 Jul 20, 2010
I'm sorry but i will take my children to the Zoombezi Bay or even go the Beach in Mason. I have not felt safe in that area for years. Why would I endanger my family?
promising

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 20, 2010
Maybe by taking the $40 million investment down to $6 million it will enable the owners to set realistic prices. $40 a person or whatever is a total joke. The place would be jumping at $10. Say what you will about water sliding in January, there are a limited number of activities to do with kids here in the winter and this place has a lot of potential, especially for East Siders.
Pigs in Cowtown

Maineville, OH

#20 Jul 20, 2010
No Fun Allowed wrote:
One of the problems this place has is most of Columbus would rather spend the day in the water park and then go home for the evening. They used to have a policy that you had to stay in one of their rooms to visit the water park.
The other thing they need to do is advertise a lot more outside of Central Ohio. We have the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, COSI, etc. so they need to advertise to people that do not generally frequent Columbus' local attractions.
Like who????? Southwest Ohio is completely covered with Great Wolf Lodge, Surf Cincinnati, Boomerang Bay@ Kings Island, and the Beach Waterpark, all of which blow this place away.Cleveland also has many waterparks so I'm not sure who you think you're going to bring in from outside Central Ohio to such lackluster attractions.
Pigs in Cowtown

Maineville, OH

#21 Jul 20, 2010
Civics101 wrote:
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Not sure you can really say this straightfaced after 110+ people went to support Speilman at College HOF. how many other schools seethat kind of support and love for its ex players, although he is extra special. Besides Jamal Lewis went to Tennessee.
You will find many ex-Buckeyes doing well in Columbus and not only on TV/radio - Bobby Hoying is a developer, Bobby Carpenter and Vrabel come back to run a business D-1, Katzenmoyer is coaching and training in Westerville, Greg Belasari is a doctor, Michael Redd and Conley/Oden come back in summers, and the list goes on and on. Those that distinguish themselves, learn while they are here, and don't embarrass the city or university generally succeed, like most OSU students.
You will see this in almost every city that has a university, Columbus is no different. Although I wouldn't be bragging about 110 people turning out for Spielman seems kinda weak.......
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#22 Jul 20, 2010
Mermaid wrote:
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Jon, would you please tell us why? I've thought about taking my neice there but wasn't sure if it was a good place to go. Any information would be much appreciated.
Thanks!
Well, my gun doesn't fit in my swimming trunks so I have no desire to go back.

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