Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Kingdom to Host Job Fair http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-host-job-fair <p>A job fair for Kentucky Kingdom is aimed at attracting more than 1,000 employees to the park for its May reopen.</p><p class="c0"><span>Set up as a "meet and greet," the job fair will present potential candidates with the opportunity to interact with managers and directors from every department within the park.</span></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:32:14 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8101 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom to Host Job Fair Kentucky Kingdom Lease Finalized; Reopening Slated for May 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-finalized-reopening-slated-may-2014 <p>Kentucky Kingdom will reopen next spring, said Ed Hart, the Louisville businessman leading the effort to get the amusement park operating again.</p><p>The lease between an investment group Hart leads and the Kentucky State Fair Board has been fully executed now that the requisite financing has been secured, Hart announced Thursday.</p><p>Plans include a new rollercoaster and doubling size of the Hurricane Bay water park. Existing rides such as Thunder Run, the Great Wheel and Mile High Falls will also be ready, the new operators said.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:45:32 +0000 Joseph Lord 5935 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom Lease Finalized; Reopening Slated for May 2014 Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/business-group-says-it-has-financing-reopen-kentucky-kingdom <p>The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.</p><p>The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had<a href="/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-plan-hart-led-group-gets-approval-re-opening-targeted-2014"> until late April to have financing in place. </a>They were later given a month-long deadline.</p><p>The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.</p><p>The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:36:59 +0000 Rick Howlett & Joseph Lord 5921 at http://wfpl.org Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom Kentucky Agency Approves $10-Million in Sales Tax Incentives for Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-agency-approves-10-million-sales-tax-incentives-kentucky-kingdom <p>The group <a href="/term/kentucky-kingdom">working to re-open the Kentucky Kingdom </a>amusement park has gotten $10-million in sales tax credits from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority.</p><p>The Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company will release details of their plans for the park, including information on refurbished and new rides.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:59:47 +0000 Joseph Lord 4923 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Agency Approves $10-Million in Sales Tax Incentives for Kentucky Kingdom Kentucky Kingdom Group 'Encouraged' By First Impressions From Shuttered Park http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-group-encouraged-first-impressions-shuttered-park <p></p><p>Leaders of a &nbsp;group that’s expected to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say their team is on the ground and money has been spent.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-plan-hart-led-group-gets-approval-re-opening-targeted-2014" style="line-height: 1.5;">state fair board approved a lease agreement last month</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company&nbsp;led by local businessman Ed Hart, who once operated the park before Six Flags took over.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:15:31 +0000 Devin Katayama 3946 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom Group 'Encouraged' By First Impressions From Shuttered Park Study to See if Kentucky Kingdom is Eligible for State Incentives http://wfpl.org/post/study-see-if-kentucky-kingdom-eligible-state-incentives <p>The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority will study to see if an application from the group seeking to redevelop Kentucky Kingdom meets the criteria for incentives that could be worth as much as $10 million over 10 years.</p><p>The study is expected to be done in six to eight weeks. Last week, the Kentucky State Fair Board approved a <a href="/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-plan-hart-led-group-gets-approval-re-opening-targeted-2014">lease agreement </a>with a group led by Louisville businessman Ed Hart.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's more from the authority:&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:16:23 +0000 Joseph Lord 3711 at http://wfpl.org Study to See if Kentucky Kingdom is Eligible for State Incentives Ed Hart to Discuss Kentucky Kingdom Plans Today on Byline http://wfpl.org/post/ed-hart-discuss-kentucky-kingdom-plans-today-byline <p>Ed Hart is back in the game.</p><p>Kentucky Kingdom moved closer to opening for the first time since 2009 on Thursday when the Kentucky State Fair Board<a href="/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-plan-hart-led-group-gets-approval-re-opening-targeted-2014"> approved a lease agreement </a>a development group Hart leads. Hart's group now has 90 days from the signing of the lease to get financing in order.</p><p>If all goes well, officials are targeting 2014 for Kentucky Kingdom to re-open.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:46:02 +0000 Joseph Lord 3605 at http://wfpl.org Ed Hart to Discuss Kentucky Kingdom Plans Today on Byline Kentucky Kingdom Lease Plan With Hart-Led Group Gets Approval; Re-Opening Targeted for 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-lease-plan-hart-led-group-gets-approval-re-opening-targeted-2014 <p>The Kentucky State Fair Board voted today to approve a 50-year lease could lead to the spring 2014 re-opening of Kentucky Kingdom, the amusement park at the Kentucky Fair &amp; Exposition Center that's been shuttered since 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>Details are below.</p><p>In 2012, the fair board issued a request for new proposals after the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., abandoned their plans to re-open the amusement park under the name Bluegrass Boardwalk.&nbsp;</p><p>Only one proposal was submitted — from a group led by Ed Hart, a former Kentucky Kingdom operator.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:30:16 +0000 Staff 3575 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom Lease Plan With Hart-Led Group Gets Approval; Re-Opening Targeted for 2014 Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-endorses-plan-reopen-kentucky-kingdom <p>Gov. Steve Beshear says he approves of a plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:52:37 +0000 Kenny Colston & Gabe Bullard 3564 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom Kentucky Kingdom Deal Encouraged By City Leaders; Tourism Bureau Commits $100,000 for 5 Years http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-deal-encouraged-city-leaders-tourism-bureau-commits-100000-5-years <p></p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer says negotiations to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are close to completion, but the parties involved remain silent about a possible lease.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:25:27 +0000 Devin Katayama 3543 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom Deal Encouraged By City Leaders; Tourism Bureau Commits $100,000 for 5 Years