The former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park located in Louisville, KY, now known as Bluegrass Boardwalk has finally set a tentative re-opening date of May 13, 2013, the weekend following the world famous Kentucky Derby.
The current owners of Holiday World in Indiana, the Koch Family now owns Bluegrass Boardwalk. Dan Koch, park president, has said that financing and incentives are now in place and is very confident that the park will be set to reopen next spring.
Currently, it is unclear which rides will be back, and which will not. Koch stated, "I can't speculate what we'll have open because we haven't broken down all the rides and slides to take a look at it. And candidly, some are just gonna be beyond the repair standards of Holiday World."
The initial investment will be somewhere between $15 and $20 million to reopen the park. Plans are to employ 800 seasonal and 25 full-time staff members. Also similar to Holiday World, Bluegrass Boardwalk will offer free soft drinks, sunscreen, and inner tube use.
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