Holiday World owners bid to reopen Kentucky Kingdom as Bluegrass Boardwalk
Here's what just hit my email in-box:
Members of the Koch family in Santa Claus, Indiana, continue to explore re-opening Louisville’s amusement and water park in 2013. Four family members have formed a new company – Bluegrass Boardwalk, Incorporated – to negotiate a lease agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board, secure financing, and apply for economic development incentives from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. No public monies will be requested from the Kentucky Legislature by Bluegrass Boardwalk, Incorporated.
The members of the Koch family involved in discussions with the Kentucky State Fair Board as Bluegrass Boardwalk, Incorporated are Holiday World president Dan Koch, his sister Natalie Koch, their cousin Kathy Kamp, and her husband, Michael Kamp, who is a General Manager at Holiday World. Dan, Natalie and Kathy are grandchildren of Holiday World’s founder, Louis J. Koch, who opened the park (originally called Santa Claus Land) in 1946.
As updates about Bluegrass Boardwalk are made public, information will be posted online at http://BluegrassBoardwalk.com, on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/BluegrassBoardwalk and via Twitter: @BluegrassBwalk.
That would be awesome!!!
Hate to see a theme park die. Might be cool what they do with it.
I agree with the Skipper, I never like to see a park die. Moreover, I trust that the HW folks can rebuild Kentucky Kingdom into a good, safe park despite years and years of misuse by previous owners. Good luck!
To me it all depends on the cooperation that they will receive from the Fair Board. From what I've read, it seems they might be part of the problem. I have little doubt that this park would flourish under Holiday World management, but if the fair board is meddling and making it hard to make money, a deal won't happen. They didn't want to work with Ed Hart, the guy who pretty much built the place and made it a big success before selling to Six Flags. Instead they strung out negotiations for over a year before showing him the door. He's now suing for over a million bucks in expenses incurred while trying to get the lease.
I thought KK was an OK park on my '07 visit. Wasn't terribly impressed with the dry side, but enjoyed the waterpark. I, like others, hate to see a park die, so I hope the Koch group can pull this off.
This is great news for those of us who live in Louisville. Holiday World's reputation preceeds them. Mostly, I worry about the Koch family because the Fair Board has proven time and time again that they are greedy, have a very narrow vision and are EXTREMELY hard to work with. All of the things that make Holiday World feel like family to customers will likley have to go out the window. Free parking. HA! That's the sweetest plum for the Fair Board! The Fair Board also made Kentucky KIngdom close for most of August to accomodate the Fair, or in worse cases, they let them keep their gates open but made them charge for individual rides to profit the Fair, essentailly making them part of the Midway. And Season Pass Holders weren't part of the Midway.
This is awesome news! I live in St. Louis, so having another park fairly close in Kentucky would be great. I'm also excited to see what the Koch family could do with this area.
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