Zoning board votes down expansion of Butler Co. amusement park

Butler County adventure park seeks expansion, some neighbors opposed

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The Butler County Board of Zoning has voted unanimously to oppose the major expansion of a popular amusement park located in Madison Township near Middletown.

Land of Illusions started in 1997 with just a haunted trail. Additions of the Holloween Haunt Scream Park, the Aqua Adventures Water Park and the Christmas Glow event turned it into a full-fledged amusement park.

”We always try to be a little more affordable and enhance the guest experience," Park Operations Manager Mike McKnight said. “When you come here we don’t want you to worry about nothing. We want you to enjoy your time and make memories of the family.”

The park announced expansion plans in February to become a year-round attraction.

The plan envisioned a 200-room hotel with indoor and outdoor water parks, a campground with 140 hook-ups and 40 cabins and an indoor entertainment center with arcade games, bowling and laser tag.

The board of zoning voted against the expansion 4-0 Monday night.

Prior to the vote, neighbor Jody Hauk told FOX19 NOW she hoped the expansion would pass.

“It’s kind of an honor to have somebody willing to put in something like this in your community," Hauk said. "I mean, they are great neighbors. They put on a heck of a show.”

Not everyone agreed.

John Pruett owns and operates Triangle Fishing Lakes north of Land of Illusions. He says the added noise of the expansion would harm catfish in the water.

“The theme park would absolutely destroy my business," Pruett said Monday morning.

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