Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom to Reopen as Bluegrass Boardwalk in 2013

The former Kentucky Kingdom theme park, once a part of the Six Flags family, quite literally received a new lease on life today when the Kentucky Fair Board approved a new lease with Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc.

Revitalized rides and attractions, alongside new ones, a friendly clean atmosphere, free amenities such as sunscreen and soft drinks, and plenty more are what will greet guests to Bluegrass Boardwalk when the 57 acre amusement and water park opens in 2013.

The team behind the park's revival are several Koch family members, owners of the Holiday World theme park.  At the vote today, Dan Koch, Holiday World President, promised the park's reopening could bring 800 seasonal jobs, as well as 25 full time positions.

Bluegrass Boardwalk will be operated with the similar style and care that has made Holiday World a success on so many levels. “We’re bringing our business model of exceptional safety, cleanliness, friendliness and value for families,” says Natalie Koch.

“We can’t wait to get started!” says Bluegrass Boardwalk’s Dan Koch. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to get the park reopened in just 15 months, but we’ll get it done. We’d like to thank the Fair Board for putting their faith in us and the community at large for their tremendous cheers of support.”

The company will renovate and expand the park using private money, up to $20 million in investments will bring the park up to date.  Possible sales tax incentives could be applied for, but public money will not be utilized in the reopening.

We can be sure that there will be plenty of developments between present and the park's grand opening, but we look forward to the rebirth and transformation of the park!