Aurora/Bainbridge — Seeking to encourage  Cedar Fair to keep Wildwater Kingdom open, an area resident has collected more than 2,500 signatures on a petition.

Heather Schneider initiated the petition last week after the water park closed Sept. 5 (Labor Day). The shutdown had been announced in August.

As of the morning of Sept. 9, the petition had collected 2,545 signatures. On the petition, Schneider said she plans to send it to Cedar Fair, operator of Wildwater Kingdom; Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin; and Bainbridge Township officials.

Area residents can see the petition and sign it if they want at