Ed Hart 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 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 Kentucky Kingdom: A Timeline http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-timeline <p><strong>1987: </strong>&nbsp;Kentucky Kingdom opens with out-of-state investors. The amusement park closed after a single season.</p><p><strong>1990:</strong> Businessman Ed Hart reopens the amusement park. The size of Kentucky Kingdom is doubled, and new rides such as Thunder Run are added.</p><p><strong>1997: </strong>Premier Parks purchases Kentucky Kingdom.</p><p><strong>1998: </strong>The new ownership renames the amusement park Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.</p><p><strong>2009: </strong>Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom's parent company closes the park amid bankruptcy proceedings.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:02:18 +0000 Joseph Lord 2100 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Kingdom: A Timeline Investor Group Makes $120 Million Kentucky Kingdom Bid Public http://wfpl.org/post/investor-group-makes-120-million-kentucky-kingdom-bid-public <p>A group of four local investors led by businessman Ed Hart says it will invest $50 million without a state guarantee to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.</p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:58:43 +0000 Devin Katayama 2096 at http://wfpl.org Investor Group Makes $120 Million Kentucky Kingdom Bid Public Here is Ed Hart's Proposal to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/here-ed-harts-proposal-re-open-kentucky-kingdom <p>Last week, businessman Ed Hart and his Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company submitted his proposal to re-open Kentucky Kingdom—which he used to own. Today, he released the plan. Devin Katayama is covering the announcement and conducting interviews. In the meantime, the proposal and bullet points from the KKRC are below.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is seeking proposals to operate the former Six Flags. Hart previously attempted to re-open the park shortly after it closed, but the deal fell apart. As did a subsequent proposal from the family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:55:39 +0000 Gabe Bullard 2091 at http://wfpl.org Here is Ed Hart's Proposal to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom Kingdom Gone: Can Kentucky Kingdom be Saved? http://wfpl.org/post/kingdom-gone-can-kentucky-kingdom-be-saved <p>The amusement park Kentucky Kingdom has been closed for three years now, representing a significant loss of jobs and tourism revenue.&nbsp; Attempts to revive the park have failed or been abandoned, and meanwhile the rides and equipment have largely been left to the elements and are not being maintained.</p> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:26:21 +0000 Brad Yost 2082 at http://wfpl.org Kingdom Gone: Can Kentucky Kingdom be Saved? Hart Formally Submits Bid to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/hart-formally-submits-bid-re-open-kentucky-kingdom <p>Louisville businessman Ed Hart has—again—formally entered a bid to re-open the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.</p><p>Hart and a group of investors have responded to the Kentucky Fair Board's request for proposals to re-open the park. &nbsp;The letter was delivered to Fair Board president Harold Workman today, and outlines a $40 million plan. Ten million of that would come from the group, and the rest would be borrowed but guaranteed by the state.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:21:01 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1402 at http://wfpl.org Hart Formally Submits Bid to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom