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Local News
12:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

In Light of Kentucky Kingdom Controversy, What Are The State's Laws on Breastfeeding?

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Social media in Louisville lit up Thursday with conversation about a local woman who, while breast feeding at Kentucky Kingdom, was allegedly asked by a staff member to finish in a public bathroom.

Some women were upset at what they saw as a violation of their rights under state law, and questions were raised about where a woman can breastfeed her child and whether she needs to cover her breast during the feeding.

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Local News
3:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Kingdom to Host Job Fair

Kentucky Kingdom's mascot at its re-opening announcement last year.
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A job fair for Kentucky Kingdom is aimed at attracting more than 1,000 employees to the park for its May reopen.

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.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Phillips Lane.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Lease Finalized; Reopening Slated for May 2014

Ed Hart (left) and members of his investment group. (And a lion.)
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Kentucky Kingdom will reopen next spring, said Ed Hart, the Louisville businessman leading the effort to get the amusement park operating again.

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.

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.

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Local News
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

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The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.

The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had until late April to have financing in place. They were later given a month-long deadline.

The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.

The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.

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Byline
9:46 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Ed Hart to Discuss Kentucky Kingdom Plans Today on Byline

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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.

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Local News
9:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Lease Plan With Hart-Led Group Gets Approval; Re-Opening Targeted for 2014

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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 & Exposition Center that's been shuttered since 2009. 

Details are below.

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. 

Only one proposal was submitted — from a group led by Ed Hart, a former Kentucky Kingdom operator. 

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Local News
1:02 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom: A Timeline

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1987:  Kentucky Kingdom opens with out-of-state investors. The amusement park closed after a single season.

1990: Businessman Ed Hart reopens the amusement park. The size of Kentucky Kingdom is doubled, and new rides such as Thunder Run are added.

1997: Premier Parks purchases Kentucky Kingdom.

1998: The new ownership renames the amusement park Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

2009: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom's parent company closes the park amid bankruptcy proceedings.

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Local News
11:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Investor Group Makes $120 Million Kentucky Kingdom Bid Public

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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.

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Local News
9:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Here is Ed Hart's Proposal to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

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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. 

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.

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Local News
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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