Ed Hart is back in the game.
Kentucky Kingdom moved closer to opening for the first time since 2009 on Thursday when the Kentucky State Fair Board approved a lease agreement a development group Hart leads. Hart’s group now has 90 days from the signing of the lease to get financing in order.
If all goes well, officials are targeting 2014 for Kentucky Kingdom to re-open.
“I assure you we will have plenty of attractions to make Louisvillians and Kentuckians and our neighboring states, people that visit us very very please and happy to visit the facility,” Hart said on Thursday after the fair board vote.
Hart will answer questions about his plans for the long-shuttered Louisville amusement park today on WFPL’s Byline. Join us at 1 p.m. at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.
This is the second time Hart, a Louisville businessman, has led a group that’s come close to re-opening Kentucky Kingdom, which Hart ran before Six Flags took it over.
You can find details of the lease agreement here. And here is a timeline of the events that led to Kentucky Kingdom’s opening, closing and the many twists and turns taken in efforts to re-open the park.