Bluegrass Boardwalk is a step closer to reopening Kentucky Kingdom theme park and waterpark. With the approval of the lease by the Kentucky State Fair Board, the 57-acre amusement and water park is on target to open in 2013.
Bluegrass Boardwalk are now looking at financing options and applying for economic development grants from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bluegrass Boardwalk’s business plan includes an initial investment of $15 to $20 million, none of which will be from the Kentucky Legislature.
Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc has been formed by four members of the Koch family, owners and operators of Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind: Holiday World President Dan Koch and General Manager Michael Kamp, Dan’s sister Natalie and their cousin Kathy.
The redevelopment of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park site, previously a part of Six Flags, will secure 800 seasonal and 25 full time jobs and is very much aimed at creating a safe, clean, friendly, great value attraction for families, even offering complimentary soft drinks, sunscreen and inner tubes.
Dan Koch says, “We can’t wait to get started. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get the park reopened in just 15 months, but we’ll get it done. We’d like to thank the Fair Board for putting their faith in us and the community at large for their tremendous cheers of support.”