Kentucky Kingdom

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10:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom

Earlier this year, crews prepared Hurricane Bay for Kentucky Kingdom's May reopening.
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A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom.

An attorney for the man, Jessie Colter, 32, also alleges that the incident was preceded by the theme park staff's inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Kentucky Kingdom's water park.

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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
4:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Interactive Timeline: Kentucky Kingdom's Reopening

The front entrance to Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay waits to greet patrons after closing in 2009.
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Kentucky Kingdom opens  at 11 a.m. Saturday—it'll be the first time the public will be inside the amusement park since 2009.

The amusement park's updates include a new rollercoaster and a doubling of the water park, Hurricane Bay.

Since Six Flags left Louisville, the efforts to to reopen the amusement park on the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center grounds has suffered its starts and goes. 

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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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Local News
2:59 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky Agency Approves $10-Million in Sales Tax Incentives for Kentucky Kingdom

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The group working to re-open the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has gotten $10-million in sales tax credits from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority.

The Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company will release details of their plans for the park, including information on refurbished and new rides.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Group 'Encouraged' By First Impressions From Shuttered Park

Ed Hart speaks to media outside of the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

Leaders of a  group that’s expected to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say their team is on the ground and money has been spent.

The state fair board approved a lease agreement last month with the Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company led by local businessman Ed Hart, who once operated the park before Six Flags took over.

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Local News
3:16 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Study to See if Kentucky Kingdom is Eligible for State Incentives

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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.

The study is expected to be done in six to eight weeks. Last week, the Kentucky State Fair Board approved a lease agreement with a group led by Louisville businessman Ed Hart. 

Here's more from the authority: 

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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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