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8:26 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Kingdom Gone: Can Kentucky Kingdom be Saved?

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The amusement park Kentucky Kingdom has been closed for three years now, representing a significant loss of jobs and tourism revenue.  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.

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5:06 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

City Pledges Support to Reopen Old Kentucky Kingdom

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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.

Last Friday, the Koch walked away from its deal with the state fair board despite approval of hefty tax incentives. Bluegrass Boardwwalk CEO Natalie Koch told WFPL that the board voted against the deal because the group’s business model wouldn’t fit well with state regulations and oversight.

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.

"There are a number of different amusement park operators out there that I’m sure are wanting to take a look at this opportunity now that it has re-presented itself," he says. "And we’ll go forward from there."

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Local News
3:44 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Myriad Challenges for Yum! Center, Fair Board, and East End Tunnel Financing

Friday on Byline we took a broad look at a number of stories pertaining to the KFC Yum!

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Local News
2:07 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Q&A With Bluegrass Boardwalk's Natalie Koch

The Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc. board decided Friday not to reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom park.

Bluegrass Boardwalk Incorporated announced Friday it would not reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park, which has been closed since 2009.

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Local News
8:30 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Arena Authority Wants New Management; Indiana Will Pay for East End Tunnel

It'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's Marcus Green joined us on Friday's Byline to catch us up.

Later in the segment, Marcus was joined by the Indianapolis Star's Chris Sikich. Both reporters have covered the bridges project and they talked about the latest in bridge news.

Local News
5:15 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws, Will Not Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

After nine months of planning, Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to re-open the Kentucky Kindgom theme park. 

According to a release, Bluegrass Boardwalk owners the Koch family—who also own Holiday World in southern Indiana—say leasing the park from the state would not fit in their business model. Further, CEO Natalie Koch cites "the many layers of governmental regulations and stipulations" as a reason for withdrawing. 

The announcement comes shortly after the company pushed back the planned re-opening to 2014, and days after the state approved up to $3.9 million in tax incentives for the project. 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. 

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

1:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Bluegrass Boardwalk Sets 10-year Goals


The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening.

The group is owned by Indiana’s Koch family, which also operates Holiday World in Indiana. The Kentucky State Fair Board agreed to lease the former Kentucky Kingdom property to the Koch’s earlier this year.

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