KENTUCKY (2/23/12)—Following several months of back and forth interaction between Holiday World theme park owners, the Koch Family, and the Kentucky State Fair Board regarding the acquisition of Louisville’s defunct Kentucky Kingdom location, a deal has been struck.
As announced around noon today, February 23rd, the Koch family entered a lease agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board that will allow them restructure and/or re-imagine the park under a completely new name: “Bluegrass Boardwalk.
Along with many of the qualities the Koch family has prided themselves on via their Indiana-based Holiday World/Splashin’ Safari theme parks, which they cite as “safety, service, friendliness, cleanliness, and value,” the Bluegrass Boardwalk will also provide other familiar services such as free soft drinks, free sunscreen, and free use of inner tubes to patrons.
While the park isn’t scheduled to reopen until sometime in May 2013, approximately 25 full-time jobs and 800 seasonal jobs are expected to be created through the reopening.
According to the Bluegrass Boardwalk Twitter page, “We’re here to serve our Guests. They’re most important…We’re going to do this the right way.”
The defunct Kentucky Kingdom park was last operated in October 2009 and reports indicate that Six Flags waved their rights/ownership of the park in 2010 following franchise-wide financial issues.
At this time, many are hopeful that the reopening and reinventing of the area will attract new tourism and commerce to the area.
To view an initial SurfKY News report on this issue, click here.
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