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New Park in Kentucky?

Is a new park being planned for Kentucky?

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM
I heard that a theme park is being built in Kentucky to help boost the economy. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

From Robert Niles
Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM
I assume you're referencing this, a "theme park" for creationists, which is being developed with the group behind the Creation Museum, outside Cincinnati.

The politicians are claiming that the park will draw more than a million visitors a year. That would place it on the same level as Holiday World.

Robert's rule? Politicians' estimates for how many people a new attraction will draw are similar to police estimates of the street value for seized drugs and property. Lop off a zero and you're getting closer to reality.

FWIW, I'll assume that there will be no pork barbecue available in the park (Lev 11: 7-8), and that its employees will be paid at the end of each work shift, too (Lev 19: 13). Good news, though, double-knit employee uniforms will be forbidden (Lev 19: 19), but so will tats on all employees and visitors (Lev 19: 28). And the "Disney look" is way out for employees and guests, too. (Lev 19: 27). Hope y'all like sideburns!

I"m sure there's a Bible verse in there somewhere outlawing snark, so I should stop now. ;^)

From Joe Brown
Posted December 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM
There's also a large expansion next year for Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, KY.

A couple of new rides plus several new water park attractions.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM
I may be mistaken, because I haven't seen too much about it, but I believe they'll also try to re-open Kentucky Kingdom without the Six Flags brand. But I wouldn't bet on that, at least not for 2011.

From Nick Markham
Posted December 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM
^They are planning on it. Here is the site:

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted December 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM
Ah, yes Robert that was the one I was referring to. A friend told me about it but only in passing and gave few details, so I was curious. But I had forgotten any details that would give me sufficient info to google it. I believe snarkiness is forbidden in the new testament somewhere, right before greediness. The real reason the state doesn't want to be connected to the church.

From Ted Heumann
Posted December 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM
It's called the Ark Encounter and their website is found at:
Robert, Although I would agree that their projected attendance is inflated. I don't think your exact rule of thumb will work here. The Creation museum which is VERY close to this project and is MUCH smaller gets over 300,000 visitors a year. So I would have to assume that the Ark Encounter will get more than 160,000 visitors a year. I would submit that maybe 600,000 would be a better number (instead of the projected 1.6 mil).

From Rod Whitenack
Posted December 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM
If there are T-rexes and velociraptors on the Ark, I'm there!

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