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Code enforcement officials take WDRB inside Funtown Mountain

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CAVE CITY, Ky. (WDRB) -- No one's having fun at Funtown Mountain after Cave City code enforcement shut it down. 

Signs that say 'Do Not Enter' have been posted throughout the roadside attraction to keep people out.

"It's become a disaster," said code enforcement officer Robert Smith. 

There's broken windows, busted doors and no electricity on the property. There's also shards of glass and random stuff laying on the ground in front of the Souvenir Shack. 

"As you can see, it's certainly unsafe for a child to be walking around up here," Smith said. 

Up the hill isn't much better. There's more trash and even the remnants of a small fire. 

Funtown Mountain was shut down Tuesday but Smith let WDRB inside to see why. He describes this weekend at the park as the final straw. 

"We began to get calls where he had posted on Facebook, just telling everybody to come and get whatever they wanted, it was all free," Smith explained. 

Smith is talking about Funtown Mountain's owner Will Russell. He's the founder of Lebowski Fest and Why Louisville stores. Russell was recently arrested on DUI and drug charges. 

"He's basically opened up a haven here for people to come in and do whatever," Smith said. 

That's why the signs are up but not everyone's following them. A couple was caught on the property Wednesday and left after police responded. The park along I-65 used to be Guntown Mountain. 

Gil Lawson, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the project received a $250,000 loan but the most recent payment is late -- though there is a grace period. 

Lawson says Funtown Mountain was discussed at a Tourism Development Finance Authority meeting Wednesday. He says they approved a motion allowing staff to take necessary legal action to collect on this loan if a default occurs.

Smith says he doesn't expect the park to open back up anytime soon. 

"Every possible code violation, he'll have to come in compliance with any money that's owed to the city," he said. 

A post on Funtown Mountain's Facebook page says in part: 

"We are taking some time to execute our plans for Funtown Mountain and plan on being a full-time amusement park by Spring of 2016. We will be working for the remainder of the year, hosting occasional events which will be announced via our social media." 

We were unable to reach Will Russell for this report. 

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