Owner: Funtown Mountain back open for business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of Funtown Mountain says the park is back open after he took what he calls "a much-needed break" because of personal and financial problems.

Will Russell spoke with WDRB's Samantha Chatman at the Barren Co., KY amusement park Thursday afternoon, one day after his social media posts left many wondering whether he closed the newly-reopened park for good.

The drama started when Russell was arrested at Lebowski Fest, the event he founded, over the weekend for smoking a joint and resisting arrest. Then on Wednesday, Russell's social media posts said there was a hiatus for the park. 

It started on Facebook...

Meanwhile, over on Instagram, an image surfaced showing a 'closed' sign on the door with a strange caption:

Russell explained some of the recent events to WDRB, saying he has struggled with addiction and mental illness, and that he was evaluated after an incident at Funtown Mountain Wednesday.

That's when Russell threw yellow paint on the gift shop, a trolley and in the parking lot of Funtown Mountain. He calls it "artwork that was a part of my therapy." Police came to the park and took him into custody, then he was taken to a facility for an evaluation. He tells WDRB that he was released this morning and returned to the park to re-open it.

Russell says he is in debt and owes money to a several people and agencies, including the state of Kentucky, banks, his parents, family and friends. He says his staff will take care of Funtown Mountain while he's gone "to take a break."

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Pictures of Funtown Mountain closed signs courtesy of Chris Wilmes. 

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