Kentucky Kingdom

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
2:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

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Gov. Steve Beshear says he approves of a plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Deal Encouraged By City Leaders; Tourism Bureau Commits $100,000 for 5 Years

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Mayor Greg Fischer says negotiations to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are close to completion, but the parties involved remain silent about a possible lease.

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Business
2:25 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Koch Family Members In Legal Battle Over Control of Holiday World

A judge has placed control of Indiana’s Holiday World theme park in the hands of the widow of the park's late president.

A Vanderburgh County circuit judge has ruled that Lori Koch is majority owner of the holding company that operates Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. She's the widow of former park president Will Koch, who died in June 2010.

Dan Koch had served as Holiday World's president following his brother's death, but Lori Koch fired him after the judge's ruling.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom Investors, State Finance Cabinet to Meet

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The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet has reached out to Louisville businessman Ed Hart's group -- Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company -- to "discuss its proposal for reopening Kentucky Kingdom," according to a press release.

The group, comprised of four local investors, is the only known applicant in the state's request for proposals process.

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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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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

State Fair Board Approves Budget For Fiscal 2013

The Kentucky State Fair Board has approved its operating budget for fiscal 2013 that includes a projected deficit of more than $5.4 million.

Business First reports that the budget was approved during Thursday' monthly fair board meeting.

The budget forecasts a net income of more than 476-thousand dollars but also projects nearly $3.7 million in capital expenses and $2.3 million in construction expenses.

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