Bluegrass Boardwalk http://wfpl.org en 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? City Pledges Support to Reopen Old Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/city-pledges-support-reopen-old-kentucky-kingdom <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is pledging his support for Kentucky Kingdom days after Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc. announced it was pulling out of the project to re-open the old amusement park.</p><p>Last Friday, the Koch walked away from its deal with the state fair board despite approval of hefty tax incentives. Bluegrass Boardwwalk CEO Natalie <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/qa-bluegrass-boardwalks-natalie-koch">Koch told WFPL that the board voted against the deal because</a> the group&rsquo;s business model wouldn&rsquo;t fit well with state regulations and oversight.</p><p>Councilman David Tandy, D-4, is chairman of the labor and economic development committee. He says council members were surprised to learn the project had failed, but city and state leaders need to move forward.</p><p>&quot;There are a number of different amusement park operators out there that I&rsquo;m sure are wanting to take a look at this opportunity now that it has re-presented itself,&quot; he says. &quot;And we&rsquo;ll go forward from there.&quot;</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:06:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 689 at http://wfpl.org City Pledges Support to Reopen Old Kentucky Kingdom Myriad Challenges for Yum! Center, Fair Board, and East End Tunnel Financing http://wfpl.org/post/myriad-challenges-yum-center-fair-board-and-east-end-tunnel-financing <p>Friday on <em>Byline</em> we took a broad look at a number of stories pertaining to the KFC Yum! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 19:44:10 +0000 Brad Yost 672 at http://wfpl.org Q&A With Bluegrass Boardwalk's Natalie Koch http://wfpl.org/post/qa-bluegrass-boardwalks-natalie-koch <p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-boardwalk-withdraws-will-not-re-open-kentucky-kingdom">Bluegrass Boardwalk Incorporated announced Friday</a> it would not reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park, which has&nbsp;been closed since 2009.</p> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:07:54 +0000 Devin Katayama 676 at http://wfpl.org Q&A With Bluegrass Boardwalk's Natalie Koch Arena Authority Wants New Management; Indiana Will Pay for East End Tunnel http://wfpl.org/post/arena-authority-wants-new-management-indiana-will-pay-east-end-tunnel <p>It&#39;s been a busy few months for the Kentucky Fair Board; most recently, the Arena Authority voted Monday to pursue new management for the YUM Center. The Courier-Journal&#39;s Marcus Green joined us on Friday&#39;s Byline to catch us up.</p><p>Later in the segment, Marcus was joined by the Indianapolis Star&#39;s Chris Sikich. Both reporters have covered the bridges project and they talked about the latest in bridge news.</p> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 674 at http://wfpl.org Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws, Will Not Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-boardwalk-withdraws-will-not-re-open-kentucky-kingdom <p>After nine months of planning, Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to re-open the Kentucky Kindgom theme park.&nbsp;</p><p>According to a release, Bluegrass Boardwalk owners the Koch family&mdash;who also own Holiday World in southern Indiana&mdash;say leasing the park from the state would not fit in their business model. Further, CEO Natalie Koch cites &quot;the many layers of governmental regulations and stipulations&quot; as a reason for withdrawing.&nbsp;</p><div>The announcement comes shortly after the company pushed back the planned re-opening to 2014, and days after the state&nbsp;<a href="/post/state-approves-tax-breaks-bluegrass-boardwalk">approved up to $3.9 million in tax incentives for the project</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The park closed in 2009 when previous owner Six Flags went bankrupt. This is the second failed attempt to re-open the park since. Businessman Ed Hart, who owned Kentucky Kingdom before it was purchased by Six Flags, was in talks with the state shortly after the park closed.&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:15:59 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Devin Katayama 675 at http://wfpl.org Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws, Will Not Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk http://wfpl.org/post/state-approves-tax-breaks-bluegrass-boardwalk <p>The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:38:52 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Devin Katayama 637 at http://wfpl.org State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk Bluegrass Boardwalk Sets 10-year Goals http://wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-boardwalk-sets-10-year-goals <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:59:16 +0000 Devin Katayama 62 at http://wfpl.org Bluegrass Boardwalk Sets 10-year Goals