- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

CANDIA, N.H. (AP) - A waterpark that was sold at auction after its owner chained himself to a slide tower is preparing to re-open for the season under new ownership.

Liquid Planet in Candia was sold for $950,000 in December to the owners of another New Hampshire waterpark, Whale’s Tale. The company, which renamed the park Candia Springs, says it spent several hundred thousand dollars on improvements and expansion, including an adventure course with zip lines. The park also includes a spray area for younger children and a natural pond and beach for swimming.

Last summer, the state temporarily shut down part of the park due to high levels of bacteria, and said that previous owner, Kevin Dumont, had built two slides without a required review. Dumont later spent 17 days atop the waterslide trying to attract attention and investors to save the financially struggling business. He ended his quest Nov. 25, saying there were no takers and that a doctor believed he was developing pneumonia.

The new owners, NLI LLC, say two of the park’s four slides are opening this season. Opening day is June 15.

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